Guyana President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali has urged citizens to use social media responsibly in the aftermath of Sunday’s fire at the Mahdia Secondary School girls’ dormitory that killed 19 children.
Ali described social media as a powerful tool.
And he urged his compatriots to desist from using it to post harmful theories and speculation.
“Let us focus our use of social media on motivational posts, on prayer, on inspirational songs, on uplifting messages,” the Guyana President said.
“This is a time for national responsibility, collective responsibility,” Ali declared.
“We are a very opinionated society. We all have our opinions of what is right and what is wrong and what should be done and what should not be done,” the President asserted.
But he stressed that the focus now should be supporting grieving families and children enduring unimaginable pain.
The Guyana leader has declared three days of national mourning.
On Tuesday, people across the country offered prayers and tributes to the children who perished in the fire.
Police suspect that a female student set the devastating fire because school officials confiscated her cellular phone.
Headline photo: President Ali comforts grieving children (Courtesy Office of the President).