By Salawudeen Olawale
The Federal Government says it does not issue out any regulation to gag the citizens by monitoring and recording their phone calls and social media posts.
In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, urged Nigerians to disregard the false information being circulated to that effect on the social media.
He described as false the information that under the purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by the citizens were to be monitored and recorded.
Mohammed reiterated that there was no old or new regulation from the Ministry of Interior or any Federal Government’s agency requiring the recording of all calls.
He also said that no 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.