Northern Governors Back Social Media Regulation 

Moses Ofodeme

The Northern Governors Forum have backed the ongoing efforts to regulate the social media.

This was disclosed after a meeting of the Forum on Monday, November 1, 2020.

The Forum held that the move is essential in order to check the spread of fake news in Nigeria.

The Governors made this known in a communique issued by its Chairman and Governor of Plateau; Mr Simon Lalong, after its meeting in Kaduna with traditional rulers and other key stakeholders in the region.

The meeting appraised the impact of an uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news. Further, it declared its backing for major control mechanisms and censorship of social media practice in Nigeria. In addition, the Northern Governors voted for police reforms in order to strengthen the institution.

A communique reads in part; “Forum appreciates the major reforms going on in the Police Force and pledges to support Mr President on this course. 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.’’

Also, the Northern Governors commended traditional rulers for their roles in containing the #End SARS protests in the region; even as they agreed that traditional rulers should be given formal roles in Nigeria’s governance structure.

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