The emergence of social media in the 21st century has taken substantial powers from states to citizens, reducing the tendency for the abuse of office by government officials, Nigerian conflict resolution strategist, Chom Bagu has said.

Due to the availability of platforms for quick information dissemination which social media provides, Mr. Bagu said governments are now more than ever cautious in taking decisions that affect citizens.

Delivering a paper at a workshop on Understanding and Responding to Fake News Exacerbating Fears and Insecurity in Nigeria, organized by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in Abuja, the ex Country Representative of Search for Common Grounds said human rights abuses and other excesses by government officials are now easy to report with the advancements in social media.

As useful as this information tool can be however, citizens and governments must try to wholly understand every conflict context before responding to it to reduce any tendency for misjudgment and prejudice, Mr. Bagu said.

Giving a background analysis of the Middle-Belt Nigeria farmer-herder conflict, Dr. Yima Sen of the Baze University, Abuja blamed structural imbalances, resource availability and among others, political purposeless for the lingering crisis within the region.

He sued for the active participation of Civil Societies, the media and leaders of sociocultural groups among others in checking the problems fueling misunderstandings between the farming and pastoral populations in the region.

In seeking official solutions however, a member of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Saleh Momaleh said government must acquaint itself with the sociocultural and environmental factors surrounding the farmer-herder problem and consider addressing them independently rather than a one-size-fits-all solution.