Governors and monarchs in the South-West region of Nigeria on Sunday, 8 November called on the Federal Government to make sure social media is regulated.
The meeting of the governors, traditional rulers and a Presidential delegation in Lagos yesterday had the leaders lamenting the negative effect of fake news shared on social media during the recent #EndSARS protests and the subsequent violence in a communique.
The leaders also prompted the FG to resolve the long-standing issue it has with the Academic Staff Union of Universities to allow students resume school activities.
“We recognise the damaging and negative impact of fake/false news and worry about its destructive and dangerous potency of fake news. We call on the federal government to use the instrumentality of existing laws and those regulations bench-marked from other countries to provide safeguards against the spread of fake news. 2015 Cyber Act will also be fully used.
“Federal Government should ensure that technology is used effectively for the advancement of the Nigerian Security and not its destruction by working with the technology cum social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. The regime of checks and gatekeeping should be fully employed,” the communique read.
Those at the meeting are Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and ministers from the region also attended the meeting.
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, were also present at the meeting.
This decision which was earlier supported by northern governors, has, however, been condemned by civil society organisations who described it as a violation of the right to free speech.