President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by leaders of states in the southwest to adjust the country's security infrastructure to address the persistent issue of insecurity.
This was stated at an event organised by the southwest governors with the President's Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, representing, calling for the regulation of social media, as it perpetuates the spread of fake news.
They stated, “The security architecture of the country requires adjustment to adequately address the threats and realities of insecurity in the country. There should be more police presence in communities in the south-west states.
“A comprehensive programme that addresses youth employment and empowerment should be prioritised. Closer coordination and complementarity between the States and the Federal Government.
“Curricular of tertiary institutions should be reviewed, with emphasis placed on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship.
“We recognise the damaging and negative impact of fake and false news, and we worry about its destructive and dangerous potency. We call on the Federal Government to use the instrumentality of existing laws and regulations bench-marked from other countries to provide safeguards against the spread of fake news. The 2015 Cyber Act must also be fully used.”
Rotimi Akeredolu, head of the forum, said that the #EndSARS protest that turned violent revealed a problem that needs to be addressed, ensuring that peace is sustained in the region.
He said, "Before our very eyes, what started as a peaceful demonstration turned into the different thing that became a threat to all of us, who are regarded as elite.
“What we witnessed in the violence showed that something needs to be done to address the underlying issues and come out with solutions. We must be able to sustain the peace in our region at all cost.”