Speaking the Nations Mind

Social Media Regulation: Northern Governor’s and Their Misplaced Priority 


By: Benedict Aguele

On Monday 2 November 2020, it was widely reported in the media that northern governors had converged for a meeting in Kaduna with the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and leading traditional rulers from the region.
It was reported that the northern governors at the end of the meeting had declared their support for the Buhari administration to regulate social media.

One can only begin to wonder if these northern governors from the region have suddenly lost their sense of priority considering the level of insecurity, lack of development in their region which they have failed woefully over the years to address, studies indicate poverty has doubled in more than 84 percent of northern communities since 1980 and consequently, the region remains in a perpetual state of ‘poverty amidst plenty.
Rather than explore means to rescue the north from years of poverty and underdevelopment,  they would rather be more concerned in the federal government’s attempt to regulate social media in the country which of course will be resisted by the citizens.