Members of the Northern Governors Forum have backed the Federal Government’s proposition to censor social media, lamenting the devastating effect of “uncontrolled social media” in spreading fake news and fueling crisis
At a meeting in Kaduna with traditional rulers from the region, the Inspector General of Police, and the President of the Senate on Monday, the governors who gathered to discuss the issues of insecurity and other socioeconomic challenges confronting the region and the country in general said the effect of uncontrolled social media was devastating.
In a communique read by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, the nineteen governors rejected and condemned the civil unrest that followed the #EndSARS protest, particularly the superlative agitations for regime change by the protesters which are outside the legal democratic process.
“The superlative agitations and other change regime actions outside the ballot box soon take advantage of the peaceful protests to push for their separative agenda. The meeting endorses the indivisibility, indissolubility, and oneness of the nation.
“The meeting took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news. Therefore, calls for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria
“Meeting raises attention on the need to keep a strict watch on the Federal Capital Territory to guide against unwarranted and destructive protests to safeguard critical assets of the nation,” part of a communique signed by Simon Lalong, Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum, read.
The meeting which was held at the executive council chamber of Kaduna state Government House also had in attendance the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Information, Lai Mohammed and Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Bello as well as National Assembly members and the Sultan of Sokoto.
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