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Cyber Political Arena”: Danbatta Commends Ibietan For Diligence, Literary Excellence, Activism


Aug 4, 2023

L-R: Representative of Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo (Rtd), Dr. Marwan AbdulKarim; Chief Operating Officer, Premium Times Group, Musikilu Mojeed; Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta; Head, Media Relations, NCC/Book Author, Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan; Chairman of the Occasion/Former Minister of Information and Communications, Frank Nweke Jr. and Book Reviewer, Azubuike Ishiekwene, at the public presentation of a book on “Cyber Politics” published by Premium Times Books in Abuja recently.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has hailed the author of the book “Cyber Politics,” Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, for his exceptional dedication, literary prowess, and activism aimed at enriching society through the dissemination of knowledge.

The book, titled “Cyber Politics: Social Media, Social Demography and Voting Behaviour in Nigeria,” was formally introduced to the public by Prof. Danbatta in a recent event held in Abuja. The occasion brought together government officials, journalists, accomplished professionals, and friends who gathered to celebrate this literary achievement.

It’s worth noting that Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan holds the position of Head of Media Relations Management at NCC. Prof. Danbatta not only wrote the book’s foreword but also had the privilege of presenting the book to the public audience, further highlighting the significance of Ibietan’s work.

Danbatta stated, “I’m fascinated by Ibietan’s passion to write a book on cyber politics. Combining his official work at NCC together with his passion to produce this book is commendable. I think Dr. Ibietan committed class suicide by joining the services of the NCC instead of being in the classroom. That is the difference between Dr. Ibietan and I. He joined the Commission to serve while I was beckoned to come and serve the Commission from the classroom.”

Regarding the substantial endeavor of writing, Danbatta expressed, “Individuals who dedicate time to gather and organize their thoughts, translating them into written words to create impactful books like this, stand among the most astute members of our society. Dr. Ibietan’s literary contribution garners significant recognition, and we take pride in having such a diligent contributor within the Commission.”

The EVC further highlighted that in addition to his intellectual prowess and remarkable oratory skills, Ibietan is also recognized as an activist committed to enhancing societal conditions. Prof. Danbatta emphasized the harmonious relationship he has cultivated with Dr. Ibietan throughout the past eight years of his leadership at NCC.

Speaking further, the CEO of NCC said that “The different stages that writing a book entail are not easy; it is difficult, from the time you start putting your thoughts together, to coming up with the manuscript. That is why his efforts in writing this book should be seen as laudable, as I have heard there are more books coming after this one and we look forward to that.”

“It, therefore, gives me great pleasure, to present this book, on behalf of the Management and Staff of the NCC and Premium Times Books (the publisher), to members of the public and I encourage you all to buy and read this book and I am sure you will not regret the time you spend on this literary effort,” Danbatta stated.

In the preface of the book, Professor Danbatta, an expert in telecommunications engineering, highlighted that the author skillfully contextualizes the historical backdrop of Nigerian politics and democracy. Moreover, he delves into the intricate connection between social media and voting tendencies, as well as the influential role of the social media landscape within the electoral process.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) praised the book as an engaging narrative, an academic guide, and a companion that adeptly interprets various themes of political communication. Once captivated by its captivating and fluid prose along with its insightful analysis, it becomes hard to set aside this work.

Published by Premium Times Books, this 460-page masterpiece scrutinizes Nigeria’s democracy by examining its elections, with a particular focus on the impact of social media.

However, “Cyber Politics” transcends mere discussions of the most recent general election and familial disputes, as emphasized by Azubuike Ishiekwene, the Editor-in-Chief of Leadership Newspapers, in his review of the book in Abuja.

Ishiekwene underlines that this is a deeper stage in the exploratory journey of Omoniyi P. Ibietan, whose fascination with political communication and its sociological implications dates back to his early academic days.

During the event, numerous esteemed figures commended the author for crafting a book that some labeled as an “exemplary literary masterpiece.”

Spanning 12 chapters, “Cyber Politics” thoroughly explores subjects like cyberculture, social demographics, political communication, and voting behavior.

The book delves into a subject that has been researched for decades, yet maintains its allure as scholars persist in unraveling the intricate question of why voters behave the way they do, especially during elections, Ishiekwene observed.

One of the book’s inquiries revolves around whether the political discourse among Nigeria’s estimated 33 million active social media users, particularly the influencers, significantly influenced the outcome of the 2015 elections.

Frank Nweke Jr., a former Minister of Information and Communication in Nigeria, hailed the book as an exceptional work by an intellectual visionary. He firmly believes that the lessons and recommendations presented in the book extend far beyond the context of the 2015 Nigerian General Elections.

Nweke, who chaired the book launch, commended Ibietan for this outstanding work and suggested it as essential reading for professionals and academics in the fields of strategic communications, new technologies, and social change.

Over the last two decades, Ibietan’s extensive research has focused on the emerging intersection of communication studies and psephology, contributing to his nuanced comprehension and foresight into the intricate matters discussed.

Premium Times Editor-In-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, also emphasized this aspect, describing Ibietan’s book as a “timeless masterpiece.”

Mojeed noted that the book employs the 2015 Nigerian presidential election as a lens to analyze insights that have broader implications for the future of voting behavior in Africa’s largest democracy. Those who have engaged with the book have praised its adept presentation and innovative intellectual approach.

Mojeed added that Premium Times Books is committed to publishing works that deepen understanding about critical aspects of life. The aim is to bring back numerous enduring classics to libraries and bookshelves across the country and beyond. Mojeed welcomed suggestions for future publications.

Mojeed said “It uses Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election as the sounding board for analyses that offer great insights into the future of voting behaviour in Africa’s largest democracy. Those who have interacted with the title have described it as both skilful in its rendition and ground-cutting in its intellectual approach.

“At Premium Times Books, we look forward to continuing to publish books that will deepen knowledge about important aspects of our lives. We are interested in getting a number of disappearing classics back to libraries and bookshelves across our country and beyond. If you have any suggestions for us, be kind to get in touch.”

In the book’s introduction, penned by Dapo Olorunyomi, the publisher of Premium Times, the exploration of the “digital effect” on elections is deemed intriguing. Olorunyomi also highlights that Ibietan’s work unequivocally demonstrates how social media systems enhance electoral democracy by broadening access to registration, participation, voting, and organization on an unprecedented scale.

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