Dr. Bukola Saraki, the immediate past President of the Nigerian Senate, has disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari on his government’s decision to ban Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Saraki said in a statement issued shortly after the government announced the Twitter ban on Friday that the ban is not the right decision and that it must be reconsidered.
According to NATURENEX News, the Federal Government suspended the operations of Twitter, a microblogging and social networking service, in Nigeria indefinitely on Friday.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, announced the suspension in a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi.
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The minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
Reacting to the development, Senator Saraki called for a reversal of the federal government policy.
He wrote: “No sir! This should not be the response from the president of a nation with a vibrant youthful population for whom #Twitter is part of their daily lives and a source of their income and livelihood.”