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Makinde Urges FG to Reverse Ban on Twitter

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Isiyaku Ahmed

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, has urged federal government to reverse the ban on Twitter in the country.

Stallion Times reports that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday, announced the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Makinde said the federal government’s action was an ’emotional reaction’ and not well thought out.

As leaders, the governor said, “We should go beyond emotional reactions to issues and think about how our actions will affect the people we lead and our international ratings socially and economically.”

“Twitter has become the platform for young people and indeed all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion.

“They use the platform to complain, argue and give feedback to the government and its agencies who in turn, use these to improve policies,” he added

This, he said, is a fundamental point that should be kept in mind as we debate the necessity of this suspension.

“We should also remember that Twitter has gone beyond a source of communication for many of our hardworking youths in Nigeria. It has become a source of livelihood for many, irrespective of their political affiliations or religious leanings.

“Nigerian youths and digital communications organisations earn a living from being able to use the platform to post communications on behalf of their clients.

“Others who may not have physical stores also rely on Twitter to give visibility to their products and services.

“Furthermore, I believe the Federal Government should be actively interested in how certain policies and actions will affect investor confidence.

I, therefore, use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government to reverse this suspension for the greater good of Nigerians,” Mr Makinde said.

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