Facebook, WhatsApp now reportedly banned in Katsina

Students and teachers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state of Katsina are reportedly now barred from using WhatsApp, a popular chat app owned by social media giant Facebook.

The government reportedly issued a circular on Tuesday banning the use of WhatsApp in schools.

The unconfirmed circular titled “Abolishment of WhatsApp groups in schools” was reportedly signed by one Mohammed Sadda Dikko on behalf of the Zonal Education Quality Assurance of the Ministry of Education.

Civil servants are, according to the reported circular, also now prohibited from using the Facebook app itself.

“I am directed to write and inform all the principals to direct the various Group Admins in their respective schools to wipe out the so-called school Whatsapp,” the circular read.

“The abolishing of these groups becomes necessary due to the multiple postings being made, which create problems and insubordination between the school authority and its staff.

“Principals should also remind their staff about the government circular that prohibits any civil servant from commenting positively or negatively on government activities on Facebook.”

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