Northern govs, traditional rulers seek censorship of social media

Northern govs, traditional rulers seek censorship of social media

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Governors in the Northern part of Nigeria on the platform of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has demanded for the censorship of the social media space in Nigeria in the wake of the nationwide #EndSARS protest by Nigerians seeking end to police brutality and other related matters.

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It declared its stand in a Communiqué issued in Kaduna on Monday.

The Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, and Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong who read the position paper, said the measure will help to douse security challenges Country.

“The meeting took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news.

“Therefore, calls for major control mechanisms and censorship of social media practice in Nigeria,” parts of the communiqué read.

The meeting was attended by His Excellency, the Senate President, of the Federal Republic, the Honourable Deputy Speaker and other members of the National Assembly.

The Chief of Staff to the President, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, the Minister of Information and Culture, the Inspector General of Police, Principal Officers of the National Assembly, some traditional rulers and other Stakeholders including the Chairmen of the Northern States Traditional Rulers Council led by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto were the prominent personalities who attended the meeting.

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The forum at the end of meeting, sued for the regulation of social media towards halting the spread of fake news.

The minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and some members of the National Assembly, recently called on Nigerians to support the regulation of social media, describing it as a threat to the nation’s democracy.

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