Nigeria's Sultan of Sokoto warns of social media dangers

Nigeria’s most senior Muslim cleric, the Sultan of Sokoto, has warned children, especially girls, not to spend too much time on social media as it could lead to immoral behaviour, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported.

Speaking at a Koranic recitation competition in Sokoto city on Sunday, Alhaji Saad Abubakar said there was a “disturbing development” where social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and 2Go diverted the attention of students from their studies, the agency reported.

It also quoted him as saying:

The rate at which girls are spending time on social network is worrisome and this poses imminent danger to our society.

Girls are the nerve centre of our moral and societal development and if they derail, the whole society will be in danger because they are our mothers and care givers.

He urged parents to ensure their daughters spent more time on doing meaningful things, including reciting the Koran, as this will “make them better mothers and care givers”.


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