In Nigeria: Northern governors call for censorship of social media

At a meeting in Kaduna on Monday, the governors said the effect of uncontrolled social media is devastating.

They also condemned the “subversive” actions of some #EndSARS protesters, saying some people took advantage of peaceful protest to push their “separative agenda”.

The governors also asked security agencies to keep “strict watch” on the federal capital territory (FCT) to guide against “unwarranted and destructives protests” and to safeguard critical assets of the nation.

The meeting was attended by traditional rulers, ministers and leaders of the national assembly.

One week ago, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had said social media will destroy Nigeria if it is not regulated.

Earlier on Monday, Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sport, said it is important to regulate social media.

The minister said though the federal government had the option of shutting down social media during the #EndSARS protests, it chose not to do because it is “committed to the rights of every citizen”.

Many Nigerians have kicked against the planned regulation of social media. Already, a bill on the regulation is before the national assembly and has scaled second reading at the senate. TheCable

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