Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described Nigeria as the most free country to live in the world.
The minister said this during the reception of the Finnish ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Jyrki Pulkkimen and his team, who were on a courtesy call in his office on Monday.
He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had not impaired freedom of expression or the rights of individuals.
The minister said the government is only cleaning up the media against hate speech and attacks on freedom of expression.
For him, it was not an attempt to muzzle the media. He argues that the regulation of social media was only aimed at cleaning up and not denying the rights of individuals.
He explained that anything tolerated on the street would be accepted online.
According to him, the government, through the Ministry of Information, has been engaged in the fight against hate speech since 2017.
The minister stressed that if people were allowed to do what they want on social media “in a country like ours with a diversity of religion and political interests, there would be chaos.”