Nigerians Condemn Senate President David Mark’s Call To Censor Social Media

David Mark, Nigerian Senate President
By Karen Attiah

Nigeria, with a population of nearly 160 million, is one of Africa’s giants when it comes to the use of social media. Nearly 4.6 million Nigerians are on Facebook. Twitter is the 6th most popular website in Nigeria. So it comes as no surprise that Nigerians were angered when the President of the Nigerian Senate David Mark suggested that social media in the country should be censored.

On a Senate Press Corps retreat last week, David Mark said that Nigerians use social media to demean their leaders and that there is no avenue for retraction of criticism.
Mark also added that Nigerian reporters should emulate foreign media “who never report negative things about their countries.”

It may be recalled that Mark, a former communications minister, stated a few years ago that Nigeria’s poor were not ready for telephones.

SaharaReporters created a Storify of responses to David Mark’s comments about censoring social media. Most Nigerians rejected the notion that social media should be censored and that social media platforms are a mechanism for ordinary citizens to assess the performance of their leaders.

Interestingly, several posts circulating on Facebook called for an “Occupy David Mark” movement:

“ATTENTION: Occupy David Mark. The senate president must be stopped from his moves to restrict the use of social media in Nigeria, as it has been done in militarised countries of the world. He has been quoted as saying the social media is being used to insult leaders. We are not in North Korea, this is a democracy. “Occupy his telephone line and help save our only freedom of expression. Call, text and even flash 080350088**. Please rebroadcast.”

No word on if the mobile telephone number broadcast is the Senate President’s actual number. But the message is clear: David Mark, do not try to come between Nigerians and their social media.
 

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Naija Juvenile Leaders,PDP!!!

why my brothers

@peace maker, that is not what Mark is intending. What Mark is intending is actually - SUFFERING AND SMILING, to put it in Fela's parlance. He wants Nigerians to be happy that he and his mates are earning Millions and taking Billions in bribe. He wants Nigerians to he happy that they (the theives) even allowed us to have a place called Nigeria and they the theives allowed us to part-take in belonging to it while they are stealing us dead. That is what this breast wants. He will not get it. This singular statement by him has destroyed him forever.

why my brothers

why u people are all thinkin negative for Christ sake, social media have to be monitor in order to evade some media activites by criminal elements among our society, especially BH that are always threatenin Nigeria on YouTube and also creatin fear in minds of innocent citizen. Please my fellow Nigerians let us sense the statement of the Senate President with security outlook.

@ Nagodi.

My brother, don't mention it, it's my pleasure. We all known the people that have destroyed our country and made it a living hell on earth for the vast majority; David Mark is DEFINITELY one of them.

And if I hear any silly utterances from his brainwashed supporters, I will publish the transcript of his divorce case- verbatim.

Nigerians!!!!!!! Wake the hell up!!!!!!!!

David Mark

1.DM has proven that he is always behind the curve of technology.
2. He like other African leaders do not like criticism
3. If they did well, they would not have so much criticism
4. What other way can we let our government know that they are not fit for purpose - after all, with all the rigging, our votes have proved to count for nothing
5. Once a soldier, always a soldier

IMBECILE

Can you imagine the audacity? People who should be in jail referring to themselves as 'Leaders'! David Mark should watch it as those the gods want to kill they first make mad!!

RE: OPENING THE FOWL'S "YANSH."

THANKS MAN WHOEVER YOU ARE. THE DAVID MARK STORY HAS TURN OUT TO BE FRUITFUL IN EXPOSURE! FIRST IT WAS DERI, NOW MARK HIMSELF. WE HAVE TO KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT THESE UPSTARTS AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WHEN THE CULLING STARTS WE WILL KNOW THE BORROWS TO BLOCK AGAINST ALL ESCAPES.

IT ALL MAKES SENSE! RENO OMOKRI ALIAS DERI

FIRST I HAVE TO SALUTE MY FRIEND RENO OMOKRI WHO IS A LION IN THE FIELD! HOWEVER THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS METHODS. NIGERIANS ARE THE MOST BRUTALISED PEOPLE ON EARTH TODAY AND HE DOES NOT SEEK TO EDUCATE OR EXPLAIN, HE JUST DOES HIS THING NO MATTER WHAT ANY ONE SAYS. IN HIS FACEBOOK PROFILE HE IS RESIDENT IN ABUJA AND HE IS "S.A. TO THE PRESIDENT ON NEW MEDIA". MY PROBLEM IS HIS STYLE OF WRITING EXPOSES HIM AS EITHER UNEDUCATED OR DELIBERATELY MISCHIEVOUS. BOTH ARE DANGEROUS FOR SOMEONE SO CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT. HE LACKS THOUGHT COORDINATIONS AND MOST TIMES WRITES OUT OF POINT OR CONTEXT OR BOTH. NEXT YOU HEAR GEJ TALKING RUBBISH KNOW THAT RENO SAW HIM BEFORE HE GOT OUT!

EVERYBODY SAY HELLO TO DERI IN HIS FACEBOOK PROFILE!

THANKS i_Spiks_DaTroof FOR EXPOSING HIM!

you are a disrespectful

you are a disrespectful person, how dare you speak of your leader in that manner, i think yooou need a fresh home training you are a burkon, mongo park

ONE DAY;;;;;

One day,very very soon,David Mark you shall face justice from the people and when it comes,even your crying for sympathy will fell on deaf ears,you remember how the mighty gaddafi called his people cockroaches and he was eventually treated as one.You are your jolly bed fellows will reap from the destruction and perpentual poverty you put on nigerians,they might be powerless or scared to make the arab spring possible for now,but it will come and when it comes,your gang of lootering leaders and families will pay the price and we know were you hide all your stolen wealth all over the world,we will get it when the time comes,we in diaspora are following the situation of things effectively,no hiding place for all of you looters,even you go to dubai,uk,us,europe,asia we will get you all.

CRUCIFY DAVID MARK NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

DAVID MARK IS ONE THE RIGGERS

David MARK is one of the PEOPLE DECIEVERS PARTY who rigged thenselves into the house of senate.

Fuck you bastad Ugly David

 David Mark. We all know that, you are a fargort. David Mark homosexual the Nigeria senate president. You are a disgrace to your family and friends. Thunder go strike you and your family ooooo. Thief, thief, thief. BH please help us to finish this homosexual idiot and his family.

AGE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Mark, we live in the age of freedom of expression. You can only persuade Nigerians to say positive things about Nigerians not by restricting people from expressing their minds.

Anti-democracy utterance!

I think the statement credited to Mr Mark is undemocratic and very unfortunate. Why would he not want to be criticized if he does not have skeleton in his cupboard?

DAVID MARK

David mark did u really utter this nonsense???

just when we think say na you get sense pass.......

this is unbelievable

so when are you going to get back on the microphone and apologize??

it doesnt make you any less of a man.......u should with "immediate effect"
address nigerians and beg their apology in this senseless idiotic utterance that u made...............the people have spoken.

U have 72 hours to tender an unreserved apology.......the clock is ticking.

a word is enough for the wise.

abu qaqa.

Deri is NOT his name

Everyone spread the word: THE CHARACTER KNOWN AS DERI IS ACTUALLY RENO BEMIGHO OMOKRI! If you go to Nairaland.com Politics section he goes by the name:BEAF! on twitter he is @renoomokri. If you doubt me, compare their writing styles and when I download my screenshot App later this evening I'LL SHOW YOU THAT THIS CHARACTER LOGS IN USING THE SAME IP & MAC Address. The best thing to do is ignore him like the dead leaf he is and he'll wither away.

DAVID KLEPTOMANIAC MARK

PLEASE DIE
BOKO HARAM PLEASE JUST THIS ONCE DO US A FAVOR
PLEASE VISIT DAVID MARK FOR US.

BOKO HARAM PLEASE VISIT DAVID MARK FOR US AND TOUCH HIM

HOW CAN A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED SENATOR ASK FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA TO BE CENSORED!!!!!

THIS IS DISGUSTING
PLEASE DAVID MARK DO US ALL A FAVOR AND DIE,YES YOU HEARD ME!!
DIE..UR EXISTENCE IS NAUSEATING

DAVID KLEPTO-MARK

of all the issues at hand with the national insecurity
with thousands of nigerians dying everyday
with your fellow congressmen being acussed and indicted of corruption
with a cluless president thats supose to be kept in check by senate

all you can talk do is try to muffle people stating the obvious

david mark please do us all a favor and die.
we wont miss you nigeria will be better without you
please die david mark
die today if possible.

DAVID MARK IS A HOMOSEXUAL

I don't know why well meaning Nigerians should even bother about what the dishonest homosexual idiot called David Mark opened his stupid mouth to say about censoring social media. He thinks that by doing so, it will be impossible for Nigerians to find out about his numerous thieving escapades and his wife's sneaking around Northern Ireland and hiding Nigeria's money for their family's dishonest benefit. He cannot stop the social media train from crushing him and his ilk very soon.

David Mark Steals, Talks and Behaves Like Our Son-In-Law....

That's Why They're Friends!
David Mark is the best friend of our in-law, Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State. They are two good friends in all ways; wickedness, greed, stealing, killing, persecuting people, callousness, arrogance, self- praise and anything negative.

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David Mark proposing to censor the media?

It is heart wrenching that the 3rd highest placed citizen in a 'democratic' country seeks for the censorship of the media ? What hope is there for democracy in Nigeria ? Do I need to emphasize how invaluable the vote of each Nigerian is in determining who their leaders are and recognising how their vote will shape their future and that of their children ? Nigerians your future in in YOUR hands, learn to use it well. Do not sell it for a morsel of porridge.

Clueless david mark

These our leaders need psychiatric evaluations....

In a serious country the

In a serious country the likes of David Mark would have belong to the dust bin of political history

Alechenu, a new Nubuchadnezzar?

It is only in a dysfunctional country such as Nigeria, with a defective electoral system and governance that a moral cretin such as David Mark; with boundless sexual energy and limited cognitive capacity, insatiable appetite for the slimy world of corruption, underhand business and decadent and pitiable lifestyle, can address a people who are too tied to their own misery, whilst barely surviving on a day to day basis.

This can not go on forever, much as people like him they think they are a reincarnated King Nebuchadnezzar! We all know what happened to that king at the end!

History does repeat itself! What a temerity David!

Why would anyone one be worked up by what this man has to say. Remember it was the same youthful David Mark as a soldier that found himself in a position during Babangida era when he had the temerity to say we do not NEED PHONE! HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF!

If he was truly elected and our process is even only half decent, he would have thought twice before making such a stupid and reactionary comment against the people that would have elected him in the next election!

David Mark, I do not know how long you will continue to defy the people. Their day is coming!

u have failed

The only way for the innocent citizenz to express their pain on d way u rule them not lead u said u want to get rid of it Amadioha Ogun shango all dem will com knocking at ur door soon enough uselsee leaders! U haven't talk abt making anything work hundreds of people die in the north on weekly or daily bases and u cnt tackle that food is so expensive u cnt think of a way of channeling resources to that end, ordinary food ordinary toothpaste 200naira what happened in Ghana needs to happen in Nig

David Mark should apologize or resign now

It’s really sad indeed that Nigeria’s Senate President, Mr. David Mark is very ignorant of the critical importance of the Media in the current system of government that Nigeria practices today. Calling for the censure of the Media does not only reveal his ignorance, but also his arrogance. He should’ve known that we are no longer in the military decree era. The Media should simply demand for his apology or ask him to resign.

This is the kind of stuff

This is the kind of stuff that comes out of ones mouth after one have been stealing for so long and the one you are stealing from is powerless to stop you. The man does not read. A military man that spends all his life fighting civilians - A COWARD.