Hate Speeches: Nigerian Military Begins Monitoring Of Social Media Activities

The Nigerian military has put in place “strategic media centres” to monitor social media activities of Nigerians in a bid to curb hate speeches threatening the national unity.

John Enenche, director of defence information, said this measure became expedient in spite of the prevalent effects of hate speeches around the country.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari stressed in his Broadcast on Monday, that the national unity of the country is not “negotiable” and his administration will frown against all efforts to sabotage these.

John Enenche mentioned that the speech of the president was swiftly twisted and stirred controversy.

“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,” he said.

“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”, he noted.

Speaking on Channels TV yesterday’s evening, Enenchie revealed the measures to combat this menace against the Buhari-led administration.

“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” he stated.

Recall, the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo declared last week that hate speeches will be regarded as act of terrorism.

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