The Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC) has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to block ‘sexual and immorally-related’ websites from the countries cyberspace.
This was made known in a statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Muhammad Ibrahim, as the group stated that the content exposes Nigerian youths to ‘sexual contamination’, which in turn increases secual misbehaviours in the country.
The Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC) in the letter addressed to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, called on the government to enforce a strict monitoring policy that will remove pornographic content.
The statement read;
“We resolved to write to you as concerned citizens to call on your quick intervention in blocking sexual and immorality related sites in the Nigerian cyberspace to sanitise the reckless behaviour and continuous immoral engagements among youths for sustainable development and progress of our societies”
“Kindly enforce strict monitoring and policies that’ll be removing contents as well as moral policy that will discourage our youths from visiting phonographic sites. Individuals that may refuse to comply should be fined in millions and companies be charged billions because this issue in question is a greater threat facing our present and future. For example, in 2019 China had closed 733 websites and “cleaned up” 9,382 mobile apps related to illegal gambling apps and those used for illegal purposes than social media.
We’re confident that your intervention can greatly block or cripple the emerging new order of indecency, immorality and increasing cases of sexual behaviors, sexualized interactions, immoral communication, exposure to pornography, online dating and other social ills. This is sacrosanct as the phenomena is growing rapidly everyday. We must do something as a nation that believe in Christianity and Islam, even though we claim to be secular, yet no religion or culture, tribe or section of Nigerians can justify the incestuous exposure of our youths to sexual contamination.
We Must do something now to avoid future catastrophe, from chronic exposure to online pornography, rape and sexual assaults, increased risk of sexually transmitted Diseases, unwanted pregnancies and the possibility of becoming a lost society. We must create means to force the Service providers to protect Nigerians from content involving things like phonograph, violence, terrorism, cyber-immorality etc. Let these harmful content be removed quickly or take steps to prevent it appearing in the first place. Kindly accept our highest regards.”
Dear @DrIsaPantami, kindly consider this as our progressive effort to nation building. You've proved that youths inclusion in governance is the most reliable tool for the growth and development of Nigeria. Kindly accept this as our contribution sir. @FMoCDENigeria @NTANewsNow. pic.twitter.com/oS0jVu20VE
— AREWA YOUTH CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL (AYCC) (@ArewaAycc) August 14, 2020
In his response on his Twitter account, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said the group should redirect the request instead to the Ministry of Information and Culture, headed by Lai Mohammed.