The federal government of Nigeria has directed the country’s security agencies to tackle those who propagate hate speeches, especially through the social media.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, who disclosed that the order was given at a security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja, said special attention should be given to notable Nigerians while tackling the menace.
He also described the trend of hate speech on social media as worrisome.
“The Honourable Minister expressed the need by the relevant security agencies to as a matter of urgency tackle the propagation of hate speeches especially through the social media particularly by some notable Nigerians,” he was quoted as saying.
This is coming almost a year after the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had assured that the current administration would not regulate social media.
“We have said it before and we want to re-state it: the federal government has no immediate or long-term plan to stifle press freedom. Even the social media, with its warts and all, will neither be regulated nor have its operations tampered with,” he had said in January 2017.
Dan-Ali was also quoted as saying that the Armed Forces is currently synergising with other security agencies through intelligence sharing and joint operations to address the various security challenges facing the country.