Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has urged social media platforms to make national identity numbers compulsory before accounts are opened.
He said this on Sunday while reacting to a tweet by Sky Sports revealing the reaction of Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, to racist abuses he received on social media in the aftermath of his side’s barren draw at Arsenal on Saturday.
Keyamo had said: “The big question is why Govts around the world haven’t passed laws or taken some other actions to ensure Social Media companies TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY for allowing FALSE & UNCENSORED materials on their platforms that promote racism, social & political unrest around the globe.
“If the Social Media companies must avoid responsibility, the solution is to ensure that EVERY SM account can only be opened or operate if it’s registered with a Nat. I.D number and photograph that correspond with those in govts database so that we eliminate anonymous accounts.”
His opinion has sparked outrage on Twitter, with many observers condemning his comments.
This ain’t it chief— ZZ (@JehuTFT) January 31, 2021
Wheelbarrow junior minister— #EndSARS Ọmọ Ọ̀ṣun (@destayo67) January 31, 2021
Charity begins at home.— Monday Olu (@mondayolu307) January 31, 2021
The big question is what have you done as a leader to avoid political Injustice to a failed state like Nigeria in your own capacity. Charity begins at home— Adava of Okland(okene) 💻 (@Adavasamuel) January 31, 2021
Read this tweet to yourself again, but do it slowly. Then ask yourself if what you said made sense.— Gentleman (@olajideobe) January 31, 2021
EVERY SM can only be opened….
Do that with Adamu crow app.
If social media was censored during Goodluck’s time, you guys in govt today would have all been in jail.— MATAWAL 🇳🇬 (@MatawalBulus) January 31, 2021
Put this energy into developing your own country! Are you people blind in the eyes and at heart to just do the right things to move this country forward!!!!!!!— treasuregod007 (@Olutade12) January 31, 2021