Nigeria: NSGF calls for social media censorship practice, major control

Nigeria: NSGF calls for social media censorship practice, major control

… Wants formal roles for traditional rulers

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

After an extensive deliberation at the meeting of Northern States Governors Forum with Emirs and Chiefs, the forum resolved among other things, that major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria be put in place.

The forum, in a Communique presented Monday in kaduna by it’s chairman and Governor of plateau state Mr.Simon Lalong aslo resolved that traditional rulers be given
formal roles in the govemance architecture of the Country.

It appreciated the roles of Traditional rulers in containing the menace of Endsars protests in the north and collectively agreed that traditional rulers be given
formal roles in the govemance architecture of the Country.

The forum meeting rejected and condemned what it described as the subversive actons of the “Endsars change
protest. “The superlative agitations and other change-regime actions outside the
ballot Box soon take advantage of the peaceful protests to push for their seperative agenda.
The forum also endorsed the indivisibility, indissolubility and
oneness of the Nation”, adding that it took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social
media in spreading fake news.

The meeting therefore called for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria

Meeting raises attention on the need to keep strict watch on the Federal Capital Territory to guide against unwarranted and destructives protests to
safeguard critical assets of the Nation.
Meeting ccommends the national Assembly and the Presidency in being
proactive in addressing the issues of Endsars protests across the country and stressed the need to further push for amicable resolutions of ASSU strikes to enable
students resume their studies,

Meeting resolved that there is the need for regular meetings of this nature, while it called for further engagement with other critical stakeholders such as Religious Leaders, Business community, youths leaders, among others.

“Accordingly, the meeting
approved the setting up of two major engagement committees on roles of traditional Rulers
Membership, to be chaired by Emir of Lafiya as Chairman, while the Committee on Youth and Civil Societies will be chaired by Emir of Zazzau as Chairman

They Called for collective effort in addressing the lingering challenges of the
North especially Almajiri system, insecurity, illiteracy, poverty.
The meeting was also attended by IGP, Senate President among the personalities.

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