President, Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo, has urged the government and well-meaning Nigerians to deal with the monster of social media.
Bishop Oyedepo called for an urgent step to device means of checking free and unhindered access to social media.
He added that the present generation may lose her heroes to social media disaster, adding that “we must wake up from our slumber to deal with this monster.”
The clergyman made the call at the weekend during the seventh convocation ceremony of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Irepodun local government area.
46 students of the institution graduated with first-class honours in the 2021 academic session
He spoke on “combating the challenge of education without integration”.
Oyedepo said putting measures to check free access to social media should particularly target those aspects that are not adding values.
He said: “It unconsciously robs people of their future by robbing them of their time.
“This social media saga has eroded the substance of destiny of most youth today. What is supposed to be a plus has suddenly become a major minus.
“This is because everything of value delivers through the investment of time.
“Suddenly, we are faced with a generation on the wrong side of history, the honour of this generation has been wiped off.
“Chatting all day, with no time left to think, plan, programme and engage productively in the pursuit of any task.
“Many youths spend less than 10 to 20 per cent of their time on their task per day. They can never match a generation that spends 70 to 80 per cent of their time on their task.
“We must devise means to put a check on free access to social media particularly those that are not adding values,” Oyedepo, Founder Living Faith Church worldwide said.
Oyedepo advised the parents of the Institution graduands to give them free hand toward developing themselves to be self-sufficient and reliance.
“Give your sons, daughters, or wards the opportunity to develop their wings, and I know that many will soar much higher than their parents,” he said.