Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Social media will now be dutifully monitored – Military | Hate and violence on social media can jeopardise Nigeria’s unity – Chief of Air Staff

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche said the activities of Nigerians on social media are now being monitored for hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information by the military.

He said this in an interview with Channels TV.

According to Enenche, social media is a double-edged sword and the military is now getting involved to address its misuse.

He said:
 "Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated in order to do what? To derail the people. If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know. So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.

 "What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military and be anti-security.
 "We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country.

Also the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar at a workshop on information management for public relations officers in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Tuesday has warned against the use of the social media for promoting hate speeches and spreading falsehood.

He said:

“We are all not unaware of the use of social media by some elements to spread falsehood in addition to promoting hate speeches, violence, anarchy, and confusion in our society.”

“The message of hate and violence does not augur well for the development of our great nation.”
Abubakar also urged stakeholders to use “the social media to inform, educate and entertain as originally intended.”

This comes after President Muhammadu Buhari met the security chiefs, urging them to step up their game in security issues – also asking them to ensure that lives and property are well protected. 

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