Minna, Sept. 3, 2017 (TNE) : Dr Babangida Aliyu, the immediate past governor of Niger, has voiced his support for monitoring of the social media by the military to ensure security and unity of the nation.
Aliyu made the remark in Minna on Sunday during an interaction with newsmen.
“I support monitoring of the social media by the security agencies to control negative stories that can influence the lives of unsuspecting subscribers to do the wrong thing they never intended to do.
“You cannot say negative things about a person or an institution especially when they are false without being challenged.
“Some governments close the social media or part of it when they are in crisis in order to save their countries from collapse because of people who may not understand the use of social media,’’ he said.
Aliyu noted that although the social media is a source for dissemination of both positive and negative information, “we should be careful not to use it wrongly to the detriment of the society.
“The security agencies may be right in monitoring the social media, but we should be watchful so that the security agencies will not go to the extreme of infringing on people’s rights,’’ he added.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche recently told newsmen that the activities of Nigerians on the social media were being monitored for hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information.
He said that the move to monitor social media became necessary in the light of dissemination of false information capable of jeopardising the unity of the country.
Just on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed asked Nigerians to disregard the report of a 2015 NTA news video that was repackaged to look current, and to give the impression that the President left Daura, where he is celebrating Eid-el-Kabir, directly for New York.
The minister said one of the numerous parody Twitter accounts in his name, @MohammedLai, was used to disseminate the fake and ludicrous news that claims that President Buhari is due to leave Nigeria for the USA on Monday ”to condole with President Trump over the floods in Houston”.
Also, he said, an old NTA News video being circulated on the Social Media claims that President Buhari has already left for the UN General Assembly in New York. (TNE)