‘Social media during #EndSARS protests threatened the oneness of the country’- Lalong
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Northern Governors’ Forum has called for the censorship of social media in the country in order to “avoid the spread of fake news.”
A bill to regulate social media, proposed by a lawmaker of the ruling party, APC, was rejected over a year ago in the parliament after opposition by a lot of Nigerians.
This however did not deter the government as it has insisted it is determined to regulate social media and has been appealing to majority of Nigerians to support its move.
Northern Governors’ Forum chairman Plateau State governor, Solomon Lalong who announced the position of the governors in a communique after a meeting on Monday, said the use of social media during the #EndSARS protests threatened the oneness of the country.
“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.
“The meeting rejects and condemns the subversive actions of the #EndSARS protest. 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 endorse the indivisibility, indissolubility and oneness of the Nation,” Lalong said.
The governors vowed to contend with anything that suggests an undemocratic change in government and stated that the unity of the country was non-negotiable, Guardian reported.
The Forum urged the government to keep a “strict watch on the Federal Capital Territory to guide against unwarranted and destructive protests to safeguard critical assets of the Nation.
“(The) Meeting commends the National Assembly and the Presidency in being proactive in addressing the issues of Endsars protests across the country. The meeting resolves to support the Nigerian Police Force to serve the country better and calls for the strengthening of trust between the people and the Police,” Lalong said.
“The meeting expressed concern over the low-level involvement of relevant of stakeholders in the implementation programmes of Government and calls on the relevant Agencies to review implementation strategies to make for maximum impact and benefits, he added.