South-West Governors, Monarchs back social media regulation

South-West Governors, Monarchs back social media regulation in Nigeria
Emeh Joy

Governors in the South-Western region of Nigeria alongside traditional rulers from the same region have joined the Northern Governors' Forum to support the government's move to regulate social media in the country.

They disclosed this via a communique which was issued after a meeting held with representatives from the Presidency.

The statement read in part:

"We recognise the damaging and negative impact of fake/false news and worry about its destructive and dangerous potency of fake news.

"We call on the Federal Government to use the instrumentality of existing laws and those regulations bench-marked from other countries to provide safeguards against the spread of fake news. 2015 Cyber Act will also be fully used.

"Federal Government should ensure that technology is used effectively for the advancement of the Nigerian security and not its destruction by working with the technology cum social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

"The regime of checks and gatekeeping should be fully employed", it added.

In attendance to the meeting include all six governors from the geo-political zone, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari as well as ministers from the region.

The Nigerian Government which was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema on Saturday also begged governors from the South-East to back the social media regulation as well.

Nigerians have protested against the brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS which led to the disbandment of that arm of the police force.

However, Nigerians still insist that the government have not been sincere with their plan to reform the police force and end bad governance in the country.

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