Festus Keyamo, The Minister of State for Labour and Employment has responded to the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court prohibiting President Muhammadu Buhari from prosecuting violators of the Twitter ban.
Naturenex recalls that the Federal Government recently suspended Twitter’s operation in Nigeria due to allegations that it allows content capable of endangering Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Despite the ban, some Nigerians have continued to use a Virtual Private Network to access Twitter (VPN).
Reacting to the violation of the order, the Federal Government had vowed to prosecute the defaulters, including prominent Nigerians who dared his administration.
However, the ECOWAS Court issued a ruling on Tuesday prohibiting President Buhari’s administration from arresting or prosecuting Nigerians who use Twitter.
In response to the judgment,
Keyamo stated that he had not seen anywhere where it was stated that the ECOWAS Court is the moral thermometer or barometer to determine whether Nigeria’s image is good or bad.
On Tuesday, the minister appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“I have not seen anywhere where they said the ECOWAS court is the moral thermometer or barometer to decide whether Nigeria’s image is good or bad,” Keyamo said.
“No one is saying that people should not use social media platforms, or that we should not contact government officials to ask questions.
Nobody is saying you shouldn’t even insult us, but is it right for you to go on social media and spread false stories that have the potential to turn one part of the country against another?” he asked.