by Ejike Anyaduba

Few, if any, will contest the fact that information management took a tumble with the dawn of the Internet. Cyber-stalkers, among them youths, swarm the interconnected network like lemmings in periodic mass migrations to trade slurs. Because the medium exacts no responsibility on users nor prescribes punishment for offenders, its abuse becomes one of choice rather than of circumspection.
Nothing easily suggests the cause of the abuse, but it happens nonetheless. Mischief-makers exploit the accessibility of the medium to defame imaginary enemies.

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Cyber criminals make the most of this by defrauding unsuspecting victims on the net. On a less criminal note, cyber stalkers and narcissists seize the social media to immoral advantage. Because of the perverse use to which this organ of communication is put its role as the quickest form of information dissemination became greatly compromised. It is surprising how most allegations and insinuations on the net – no matter how inane – elicit credulity.
There have been calls for regulation of the Internet. Media practitioners in particular have argued that regulation will help stem abuse and bring sanity to the troubled industry. In more organized clime, abuse of the Internet is a crime punishable under the law. A country like China has started censorship of her interconnected network as a way of sanitizing it. More than 60 Internet regulations were made by that country?s government to block website content and also monitor the Internet access of individuals. To date, China has over 2 million Internet police with the largest number of imprisoned journalists and cyber dissidents whose crime were, among other things, ?communicating with groups abroad, signing online petitions, and calling for reform and an end to corruption?. This crime when compared with the type witnessed in Nigeria pales in insignificance. Internet abuse in Nigeria is now a potent cocktail of disaster, waiting to happen.
Daily, a lot of cyber-selves troop into Internet chat rooms to malign unfortunate victims. This trend has been going on for quite some time now. But it became more glaring during the last presidential election when supporters of the two frontline contenders (the then President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari) in a brazen manner almost made both men of no reputation. Nothing was spared in decorum.
In Anambra, abuse of the social media is no less criminal. It has assumed, with influx of cyber-stalkers and their sponsors, a kind of monstrosity that is overly absurd. Like a traffic police with radar gun they have assigned themselves the task of gauging the tempo of governance. How fast or slow it runs. How Obiano sleeps and wakes. What he does or fails to do. They smear the government every inch of the way as if a fair assessment will make them less human. Even in the face of commendable achievements they strive with malignant pleasure to set the government in opposition with the people. Fortunately for the government, it endeared itself early enough to the masses with its many good works. Aside efforts at infrastructural development of the state, it has raised the bar on improving the intangible sector. For example a new structure of governance that devolves responsibilities to ministries has evolved, and is gradually assuming dynamism of its own. No one office micromanages the affairs of the state any more. Perhaps, this more than anything else, was responsible for the speedy progress made on security and the attendant perk up on investment profile of the state.
But the stalkers in their biting sarcasm have dismissed this, including prompt payment of salaries, as being the effort of a bequeathed fund. Perhaps so, but a profligate administration would go broke few months into office. If about 19 state governors, including oil-producing ones, cannot pay salaries those who do, notwithstanding the circumstance, should be celebrated as responsible. Note that these salaries are paid even with additional workforce the government inherited at inception. The credit of keeping the state clear of debt overhang is a testimonial to Obiano?s statecraft. It bespeaks of him as being fiscally responsible regardless of efforts at detractions.
A lot of people have continued to worry about the inglorious nature of the attacks. Many have also wondered how the attacks – apart from being carried out as result of bad blood ? benefit their sponsors and those who execute them. Often the attacks are seen as either the handiwork of estranged political profiteers or a stratagem adopted by people seeking recognition from the government. Assuming either to be the reason, it can be said that neither justifies the intensity. The abusers of the government have lost every sense of propriety and are now on the highway to public odium.
Two lessons are evident here. One is that people should realize that there is no way a government can satisfy everybody in the way they have taken for granted. Two is that a parent can be a success only when his child turns out better. Those who claim to have worked hard to enthrone the government can only work harder to have it succeed otherwise that effort would come in vain. It is patent folly to keep making scurrilous claims against the government in the hope of either causing it to fail or forcing it into recognizing doubtful effort. This is unlikely to work in this context for the simple reason that the government does not need the blessings of cyber-stalkers to gain public approval. Neither does it lose it on account of their verdict. Finally, those of them still in induced hypnosis or who gloat over possible outrage against the government on the basis of scurrilous claims should rouse themselves to the reality of the day. Obiano?s government has come to be and its work guarantees its popularity.

source: Ejike Anyaduba
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