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Nigeria: Govt reveals plans to censor social media

27 September 2013

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The Nigerian online community, with its over 48 million internet users and rapidly growing social media users, has metamorphosed into the country's most formidable political opposition to the government.

The Nigerian agency responsible for the sale of moribund government properties, Bureau of Public Enterprise, said it plans to stray off its sales duties into drawing up possible regulations for the use of social media in Nigeria.

The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Benjamin Ezra Dikki, revealed the plans on Wednesday in Kuchikau, Nasarawa State where he spoke to a cross-section of the bureau's non-management staff attending a training.

"As it now obtains, all manner of things are uploaded on the various platforms of the Social Media without recourse to age and sensibilities of the users," Dikki said. "This is not good enough."

Dikki expressed dissatisfaction with the current practice where the government does not place heavy restrictions on the use of social media in Nigeria, claiming the bureau would apply its authority to regulate materials uploaded on the various Social Media platforms.

"... In line with its reform mandate, the Bureau plans to initiate necessary policies and the legal framework for the regulation of the Social Media in the country," Chigbo Anichebe, head of the Bureau's public communication, said in a statement.

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