Nigerians on social media have strongly opposed the call by governors of Northern states to have social media regulated.
Northern governors had asked the Federal Government to regulate social media to curb the spread of ‘fake news’.
The call was made on Monday at a meeting on tackling insecurity and fake news.
The governors who condemned recent attacks on persons and properties by thugs, also decried the the effect of uncontrolled social media, describing it as devastating.
“The superlative agitations and other change regime actions outside the ballot box soon take advantage of the peaceful protests to push for their separative agenda. The meeting endorses 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
“Meeting raises attention on the need to keep a strict watch on the Federal Capital Territory to guide against unwarranted and destructive protests to safeguard critical assets of the nation,” a communique signed by Simon Lalong, Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum, read.
Shortly after the meeting, Nigerians who felt the move was seeking to gag free speech, took to Twitter to challenge the call to any attempt to regulate social media.
Making use of #SayNoToSocialMediaBill and #EndSocialMediaBill, they echoed their stance on regulating the social media space not being welcomed.
Checkout some reactions below:
I cannot believe that in a country that has so many people unemployed and living below the poverty line that social media is now the enemy. Utter bull! #SayNoToSocialMediaBill
— Toolz O.D (@ToolzO) November 2, 2020
Of all the problems we have in this country, Our leaders are more concerned about how we use social media. Where did we go wrong as citizens for God's sake? Huh
(@_kimoprah) November 2, 2020
(@_newnigeria) November 2, 2020
— IFA FUNSHO #ENDSARS (@funshographix) November 2, 2020
This bill basically gives them the pilot seat in directing the narrative. They control the message. The control the story cause we can’t speak against them. They’ll tag it as false as they’ve always done. This bill means we can’t tell OUR story as it is #SayNoToSocialMediaBill
— ebele. (@ebelee_) November 2, 2020
What's life without freedom.
Buhari is in his full Dictator mood.
We must rise as one to resist this whims
This is a Patriotic duty which we must carry out.
— DEMAGOGUE PhD.
senior advocat (@von_Bismack) November 2, 2020
— Naija MainG #ENDSARS (@Vik_bankz) November 2, 2020
First educate the North, worry about its HUNGER REVOLUTION looming. You can’t fight an idea whose time has come. Northern Governors will fail. Social Media is here to stay.
You cannot stay up Lafia & determine what happens in Uyo
RESTRUCTURING IS A MUST!
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) November 3, 2020
The government wants to have control over what we say on social media just the same way they have control over what the Tradition media do and say.
We won’t let that happen, we’d continue to #SayNoToSocialMediaBill
— AJ | Adonai (@mrmanhere_) November 3, 2020
It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for Buhari govt and the North to regulate social media in this country.
Do your worst, it won't work, still we won't let you rest.#SayNoToSocialMediaBill
(@ayemojubar) November 2, 2020
Come to think of this, why is Federal Government now so desperate to regulate social media…
They think we won't have power to SOROSOKE again…
We won't forget the Lekki Massacre that happened on October 20, 2020.
— Olayinka of Lagos
(@Ogundeji_OLA1) November 3, 2020