- Governors of the 19 northern states, as well as first-class EEmirs from the north, met behind closed doors on Monday, November 2
- After the meeting, the northern leaders came out with a resolution for social media to be censored
- The chief of staff to the president, Ibrahim Gambari, and Senate President, Ahmed Lawal were part of the meeting
Governors of northern states have called for the censorship of social media, saying it helps in the spread of fake news across the country.
At a meeting in Kaduna state on Monday, November 2, the governors said the effect of uncontrolled social media is devastating, adding that some people took advantage of the recent #EndSARS protests to push for Nigeria's disintegration.
Reading the communiqué of the northern leaders, chairman of the northern states governors forum, and Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, said:
“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.”
The resolution of the northern governors is already generating reactions on social media.
Paul Smith Obasi wrote on Twitter:
“Northern governors want social media censored, vows to keep Nigeria one
“Who the hell these guys think they are, this country does not belong to the north and northern governors and their emirs can’t decide on what happens, what audacity!”
Ovie Victor wrote:
“Northern governors call for censorship of social media. There you go. Southerners should keep leaving in self-denial that we are on the same page. Only united when it comes to oil wealth.”
Chukwuemeka Obum wrote:
“These northern governors are bunches of misfit leaders that have failed to realise that social media is not the only means of modern communication we the youths communicate with.”
Dhee Sylvester wrote:
“Northern governors won't say anything about the killings in Southern Kaduna and armed bandits terrorising their states. But social media is where they draw the line.”
Chizo Alaribe wrote:
“Northern governors are always backward.”
John Danfulani wrote:
“Dictatorship is lurking at the corner.”
Recall that the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, October 27 said that the nation is sitting on a keg of gun powder regarding the issue of fake news, hence the need for the federal government to immediately begin to regulate the social media space.
The minister stated this while responding to questions from federal lawmakers when he appeared before the House of Representatives committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values.
Alhaji Mohammed was also part of the northern governors meeting.
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