Femi Falana (SAN), a well-known human rights lawyer, has criticized the Federal Government’s decision to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Instead of imposing a ban on the microblogging site, he believes the federal government should have sued the platform.
Falana stated on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday that the Federal Government should have sued Twitter in the United States of America or in Ghana, where the microblogging service provider has its African headquarters.
The government claimed that there had been a slew of issues with Twitter in Nigeria, labeling the platform as a source of misinformation and fake news; however, the Twitter ban was imposed only after President Buhari’s tweet referencing the civil war was deleted.
He expressed that the 40 million Twitter subscribers in Nigeria cannot be disenfranchised over one person’s ego.
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Falana’s statement comes just one day after some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers walked out of the House of Representatives during plenary.
The lawmakers staged a walkout after its caucus leader, Kingsley Chinda, was ruled out of order by Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, for requesting that the Federal Government suspend the Twitter ban while the House investigates the legality of the indefinite suspension.