Babangida Aliyu, former governor of Niger State has declared support for monitoring of the social media by the military.
He said this would ensure security and unity of the nation.
”I support monitoring of the social media by the security agencies to control negative stories that can influence the lives of unsuspecting subscribers to do the wrong thing they never intended to do,”, Aliyu told newsmen on Sunday in Minna.
“You cannot say negative things about a person or an institution especially when they are false without being challenged.
“Some governments close the social media or part of it when they are in crisis in order to save their countries from collapse because of people who may not understand the use of social media,’’ he added.
Aliyu noted that though the social media was a source for dissemination of both positive and negative information, “we should be careful not to use it wrongly to the detriment of the society.
“The security agencies may be right in monitoring the social media, but we should be watchful so that the security agencies will not go to the extreme of infringing on people’s right.’’