President Muhammadu Buhari has called on technology companies to be aware of their responsibilities.
He made this call while addressing World Leaders at the 74th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Buhari was the fifth speaker at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
While delivering his speech, the president said the massacre in New Zealand by a lone gunman that claimed the lives of 50 worshipers was fueled by social media networks.
He said the crime and similar ones were fueled by social media networks that risk seeping into an emerging digital culture.
He said “Major tech companies must be alive to their responsibilities.
They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to loss of many lives“.
During his speech, he also stated that millions of people in Africa remain in abject poverty despite the growth in world economic riches.
Buhari also thanked the General Assembly for the honour bestowed on the Government and people of Nigeria by electing a Nigerian national, His Excellency, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande to the Presidency of the 74th Session of the august body.
“This is indeed a great honour to our country! Nigerians are truly grateful and shall endeavour to live up to the expectations and responsibilities thrust upon us,” he said.
The president concluded his speech by affirming that Nigeria is committed to promoting International Peace and security with sustainable development.