The Northern Governors Forum have called for the censorship of social media to after blaming it for the #EndSARS protests that rocked the nation for two weeks.
The governors said the reason to censor social media is to “avoid the spread of fake news”.
They came to this conclusion after a meeting in Kaduna on Monday, noting that 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”.
“In furtherance to its resolution to further engage with the critical stakeholders of the North, the Northern States Governors Forum held a meeting today Monday 2nd November, 2020 at the Council Chamber, Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna,” a statement released by the governors said.
“After extensive deliberations the following resolutions were arrived at: appreciates the roles of Traditional rulers in containing the menace of Endsars protests in the north. Collectively agreed that traditional rulers be given formal roles in the governance architecture of the Country.
“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 seperative agenda. The meeting endorse the indivisibility, indissolubility and 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 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.
Notable among the attendees are the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who just a week ago said social media will destroy Nigeria if it is not regulated.