Southwest Governors and Monarchs Support FG’s Social Media Regulation Plan
The governors and monarchs of Nigeria’s southwestern region have shown their support for the federal government’s regulation of social media in the country.
The governors and monarchs met in Lagos state on Sunday, November 8, with a presidential delegation following the crisis that gripped many states in the region following the EndSARS protest.
Following the meeting, the governors and monarchs issued a statement complaining about the negative impact and violence caused by fake news spread on social media during the recent EndSARS protests.
“We are aware of the harmful and negative effects of fake / fake news and are concerned about the destructive and dangerous power of fake news. We ask the federal government to use the existing laws and regulations of other countries to ensure protection against the spread of false news. Cyber Act 2015 will also be fully used.
The federal government must ensure that technology is effectively used to make Nigeria more secure, not destroyed, by working with technology and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The control and monitoring regime must be fully utilized, ”the statement said. …
The meeting was attended by Governors Babajide Sanvo-Olu from Lagos State, Dapo Abiodun from Ogun State, Seyi Makindolu from Oyo State, Rotimi Akeredolu from Ondo State, Kayode Fayemi from Ekiti State and Gboyega Oyetola from Osunola State. …
The monarchs of the region who attended the meeting were Uni Ife, Oba Adeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin from Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; The meeting was also attended by Alave Ilave Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alaby and others.
Head of the Presidential Administration Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed; The meeting was also attended by Police Inspector General Mohammad Adamu and ministers from the region.
Many Nigerians have opposed the planned regulation of social media, calling it a violation of their right to expression. The regulation bill is pending before the National Assembly and has passed a second reading in the Senate.