The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta praised the author of the book “Cyber Politics: Social Media, Social Demography and Voting Behaviour in Nigeria,” Omoniyi Ibietan for his exceptional industry, literary efforts, and activism aimed at contributing to societal betterment through knowledge dissemination.
Danbatta spoke at the book’s public presentation, which saw the gathering of government officials, journalists, friends, and accomplished professionals in Abuja, where the NCC EVC, who also wrote the foreword to the book, assumed the role of presenter to the public audience.
“I’m fascinated by Ibietan’s passion for writing a book on cyber politics. Combining his official work at NCC with his dedication to producing this book is commendable. Ibietan’s commitment to service and his literary efforts are highly recognized, and we are delighted to have such a hardworking individual at the Commission,” Danbatta stated.
During the presentation, Danbatta highlighted the significance of the book’s content, which delves into the historical context of Nigerian politics and democracy, exploring the correlation between social media, voting behavior, and the impact of the social media ecosystem on the electoral process.
The editor-in-chief of Leadership Newspapers, Azubuike Ishiekwene who reviewed the book, emphasized its depth and academic contribution, noting that it represents a remarkable work by an intellectual visionary.
The 460-page literary work, published by Premium Times Books, offers a comprehensive analysis of Nigeria’s democracy through the lens of its elections, particularly the role of social media. It explores various themes, including cyberculture, social demographics, political communication, and voting behavior.
Notably, the book investigates the potential influence of political conversations among Nigeria’s estimated 33 million active social media users, especially the influencers, on the outcome of the 2015 elections.
Former Minister of Information and Communication in Nigeria, Frank Nweke Jr, who chaired the book presentation, praised Ibietan’s work as an uncommon body of intellectual vision, suggesting that its lessons and recommendations extend beyond the 2015 Nigerian General Elections.
Throughout the years, Ibietan has deeply researched the intersection of communication studies and psephology, which has contributed to his nuanced understanding of electoral issues.
The Editor-In-Chief of Premium Times, Musikilu Mojeed described Ibietan’s book as a “classic” and an insightful exploration of the future of voting behavior in Africa’s largest democracy.
As the event concluded, the publisher of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi lauded the book for its intriguing exploration of the “digital effect” on elections, highlighting the role of social media systems in enriching electoral democracy.
Premium Times Books aims to continue publishing books that deepen knowledge on crucial aspects of life, with a focus on bringing back disappearing classics to libraries and bookshelves across Nigeria and beyond.
The book, “Cyber Politics,” is poised to make a significant contribution to the discourse on political communication and voting behavior in Nigeria.
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