Digital rights organization, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria has lent its voice to the growing condemnation of the decision of Nigeria’s military to start monitoring Nigerians on social media.
In a release, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, Gbenga Sesan said, “The statement made by the Director of Defence Information during the Channels television interview is worrisome.
“More troubling is the inability of the Defence Headquarters in following the Presidential Office for Digital Engagement in denouncing the tweets by @DefenseMonitor – tweets which essentially echo the sentiments of the Director of Defence Information.
“Merely disowning the Twitter handle is not enough, the military must assure us by its words and actions that it does not share the sentiment expressed by the suspended Twitter handle.”
Conclusively, the organisation states that it supports any effort taken to safeguard the security of Nigerians, but it must have a basis in the rule of law and must have the appropriate legislative oversight.