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When he was a guest on Channels Television’s News AT 10, Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed that the military now monitors social media to sieve out and react to anti-government, anti-military, and anti-security speeches and fake news.

Speaking on the challenge of social media being used as a means of propagating hate speech and false news, Enenche said “It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it.”

“Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated in order to do what? To derail the people. If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know. So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.

What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security.

We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country,” the military chief said.

Watch (The part starts from the 2.55 mark)

Enenche, who was speaking on military operations in the north east, and the rise of the insurgents’ attack said:

“Like I have said before, it is not unexpected being that they have been degraded, decimated and really busted at camp zero and other cities there through the air bombardment and raids by members of the military, particularly the army. So you will see them spreading out like ants that have been busted from an anthill.”

“However, I want to assure the general public and Nigerians that measures are in place to begin to take on them and begin to take them out. However highly placed anyone is or any insider or collaborator is, we are on top of the situation and we are beginning to get our information to begin to handle them appropriately,” he added.


  1. nnenne

    August 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    SAD! !

    The guilty are always afraid!
    A. clear conscience, on the other hand fears no accusations.
    APC, let your work and achievements, if you have any, talk for you!
    Get to work!

  2. nene+

    August 23, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Guess what? I haven’t seen any hate speech worse than the infamous dog and baboons threat by GMB.

  3. Nwa nna

    August 23, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    FGN is straddling a very thin line here, they are attempting to clamp down & censor one of humanity’s key fundamental rights, freedom of speech, under the pretense of stopping hate speech.
    Last time I checked, Nigeria was a democracy and not a military or police state like, Eritrea, China, North Korea etc..
    If they the FGN are seriously about clamping down on hate speech, they should visit the mosque and almajiri schools in the northern parts of Nigeria where HATE/INTOLERANCE is being taught on a daily basis!!

  4. Diamond

    August 24, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Stupid government! Where is Tinubu by the way?

  5. Victor Adegoke

    August 24, 2017 at 3:09 am

    The FG wants to destroy freedom of speech, through the military in a democratic and civil society.

  6. Bowl

    August 24, 2017 at 4:05 am

    We are in for some good time !

  7. tiny

    August 24, 2017 at 9:11 am

    The very social media that got them into power in the first place has become their Achilles heel

  8. Pak

    August 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    As if they have the technology to do so…

    • Baymx

      August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      PREACH, brother!!! Where is the technology to do so? Even if they have it, who would operate it?

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