We are not monitoring your calls - FG to Nigerians. But are you blacklisting them?



Background
  • Debunking the information being circulated on Social Media, The Minister for Information. Culture and National Orientation released the following statements;

  1. "There is no regulation, old or new, from the Ministry of Interior or any federal government agency requiring the recording of all calls or the monitoring of Social Media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter or Facebook. We are therefore using this medium to inform all Nigerians that what is being circulated in this regard is totally false and should be disregarded" 
  2. ”We thank all Nigerians who have reached out to us in an effort to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of this information, which is now being widely circulated on the Social Media. This is the best way to ensure that the purveyors of false news do not dominate our media space
Our take on the matter
  • We believe. Frankly speaking, that would take a whole lot of coordination, high IT expertise and administrative efficiency. In other words, that would be too much trouble for the government 😃😃😃
  • However, we would like to ask the Minister. Please is there a blacklist? This is coming on the heels of what DSS said to Prof. Okey Ndibe when they quizzed him at MMIA. They told him to go and clear his name. From a blacklist I suppose.
Conclusion
  • Valuable lesson: the more any government tries to suppress freedom of speech, the more the voices of the people get louder. 
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