The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde sends message to the Federal Government after the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Recall that, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed announced the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria on 4, June, 2021.
This suspension is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari’s “civil war” tweet was deleted by Twitter because it violates its rules.
The suspension has taken full effect already, as Nigerians no longer have access to the application except from some people using VPN to gain access to the application.
Reacting to this suspension, Governor Seyi Makinde pleaded with the Federal government to lift this suspension, because some Nigerian make a living using the application.
In a series of tweet, he said: “As leaders, 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 their 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.
“This is a fundamental point that should kept in mind as we debate the necessity to of this suspension.
“We should all 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 affiliation or religious leanings.
“Nigerian youths and digital communication organisation earns a living from being able to 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 action will affect investor confidence.
“I, therefore, use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government to reverse this suspension for greater good of Nigerians”.