Chris Steven, Abuja
Contrary to media reports, the Federal Government has said that it has no plan to monitor and record all phone calls and Social Media posts made by the citizens.
There have been fears that the Federal Government under purported Ministry of Interior Regulation is set to be monitoring and recording calls by citizens as well as their posts on social media.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday described the development as another example of disinformation that has permeated the media space, especially the Social Media.
He said the intention of those behind the false news is to give the impression that the Federal Government is working to stifle freedom of speech, which is not the case.
”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.
”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,” he said.