Abstract Development is the priority of every government at all levels, both in developed nations and
emerging economics of the world. Different governments adopt different strategies, depending
on their disposition to achieve their developmental goals. The Nigerian governments in this
light have applied different strategies at different times, all aimed at giving the Nigerian people
a face lift. However, they do not seem to be there yet. The emergence of the internet through
its various outlets and platforms has, however, brought about a total change in the people way
of life. It has penetrated deeply in every aspect of human life, affecting our attitudes, values,
perceptions, relationships and life generally. It has, in fact, become part of our everyday lives.
Individuals, groups, corporate organizations and governments are taking advantage of the
internet facilities to better their lots. Harnessing the full potentials of the social media
platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and so on in advancing the general wellbeing
of the Nigerian citizenry forms the main objective of this paper. It also acknowledges the
challenges of engaging the social media in development considering the poor infrastructure,
and as well suggests ways of minimizing or circumventing the challenges to maximize results.
Keywords: Development, Internet, Social Media, infrastructure, Strategies