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The activities of Nigerians are now being monitored for anything that threatens the peace of the nation. Hate speech, anti government and anti-security issues are closely scrutinized on the social media sphere by the military. This was announced by the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche in an interview with Channels Television. He noted that the move became necessary in light of troubling activities, miscommunication and misinformation that is capable of jeopardizing the country’s unity. Social Media for Major General Eneche has always been a major challenge all around the world and for the military and therefore, this is no different. This can be related to a comment in the Presidential broadcast of how some discussion on social media during his absence has crossed the line and had left him very distraught. He claimed that there was a falsification of the Presidential speech which may have been a ploy to derail the audience. He, however, expressed the establishment of strategic media centres that would be tasked with monitoring Social Media and sieving out and reacting to those considered as anti-government, anti-military and anti-security. He assured that measures have been put in place to enlighten the public of the inauthenticity and falseness of some of the information they receive via social media.

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This article was first published on 24th August 2017 and updated on August 25th, 2017 at 2:58 pm


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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