Daughter of President Muhamadu Buhari, Zahra Indimi, has given her support for the controversial social media bill as long as it is carried out in a “fair” manner.
Zahra Indimi declared her support at her first ever talk show called #inconversationwithZahra.
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My first ever talk show #inconversationwithzahra was such a success yesterday, Alhamdulillah! #cyberbullying is a crime and should not be a norm. The discussion was wholesome as we looked at the topic from different angles. Did you know that you can report a case of a cyber bully and if found guilty he/she can be imprisoned for up to 3yrs? We found out exactly how to do that yesterday! Our panel speakers Huwaila Ibrahim Mohammed – Legal practitioner Rukayyah Suleiman @rukkayahsdiary – Banker/Fashion Designer Maryam Laushi @mimie_softie – Communications expert #notocyberbullying #inconversationwithzahra #anafternoonwithzahra
She appealed to the youth to understand the content of the bill before making “silly” comments about the bill.
“We have to see and understand the content of the present social media regulation bill. Whatever it is, you need to understand and know the implication of the bill. That’s what we need to do as young people,” she said.
“We need to research more, understand what is going on instead of just making silly comments every now and then and blaming people for no reason. So I am in support of regulations, but fair regulations.”
Zahra also spoke about her experience with cyber-bullies, she said: “2015 was when I knew what bullying was. It started with my photos going viral. I was having a yoga class, sweating. But people were busy sending my pictures up and down.
“People used it for their gain during campaign. The 2015 elections went well. But, after 100 days, the blow started coming. ‘Zahra, your father did this. Zahra, your father did that.’ Am I in office with him? Do I take any vital decision?
“I kept wondering why people do this to me constantly. I said to myself, Zahra you are a woman. Zahra, you are educated. Zahra, you have a son and a family that loves you.
“Those bullies do not have families. They are just floating. When they insult you, just let them be. They are trying to cover up some things they are feeling within.”
The social media regulation bill has passed second reading in the Senate.