Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 May 2014

Nigeria: Does the Social Media Exert Significant Influence On Any Facet of National Life?

The social media has become one of the many ways people express their opinions on how they feel about things that centre around national issues such as the recent abduction of about 237 school girls 27 days ago, insecurity, unemployment, among many others.

There are so many social media fora through which many people bare their minds on how they are affected by certain issues. But how much influence does it exert on our national life? This brings us to the question "Does the social media exert significant influence on any facet of national life?"

New Media conducted a vox-pop to sample people's opinions and they had a lot to say. One of them Jekwu Obieri said, "It has more than enough influence in all areas". Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Saraki also concurred with the first respondent by adding that it has a great influence on every aspect especially by making people sagacious in this contemporary world.

"The social media is the most potent weapon against impunity. It is inconceivable to think that without the social media, we would have been better than what and where we are today as bad as it is. Its influence is more than any other scientific discovery made this century," Danladi Hassan Kobi added.

Igwe Alexander said that news on the social media spreads like wild fire so it really has "great influence on the life of the nation and policy decision as government is reducing its recklessness since they are aware how news spreads". In Mike John's opinion, "Social media has been one of the greatest tools most companies use to push their products and service to the Nigeria Masses.

It has given the economy a boost because a lot of E-commerce activities are going on via the social media platform". Contrary to the beliefs of others that the social media has a lot of influence on our national policy, Usman Ibrahim said. "It does but a lot still needs be done" while Mohammed Usman simply said, "Not at all".

Judging by these comments, about 85 to 90 percent of Nigerians are of the opinion that the social media really exerts a significant influence on National policies.

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