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Nothern governors forum backs social media censorship in Nigeria

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Governors under the aegis of the Northern Governors’ Forum have thrown their weight behind the censorship of social media in the country.

They spoke against the backdrop of #EndSARS protests which rocked the country in October in a communique after a meeting on Monday.

The forum’s chairman and Plateau Gov. Solomon Lalong said the use of social media during the protests threatened the 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.

“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.

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.

“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,” the governors stressed.

Persecondnews recalls that Southern governors and leaders had kicked against social media regulation.

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