Nigerian actor turned politician, Desmond Elliot, representing Surulere at the Lagos State House of Assembly has reacted to the Federal Government’s decision to ban Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
The minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday announced the indefinite suspension in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi.
The statement read in part; “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
In a Twitter thread, Elliot who represents Surulere at the Lagos State House of Assembly called on the federal government to reverse the suspension stating that the ban, ‘no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.’
He reminded the government that Nigerian youths trade their wares and advertise their businesses and services via the micro-blogging site.
“In a democratic society like ours, we must weigh the economic and social impact of this ban on the populace — especially our teeming youths and entrepreneurs who depend solely on this platform to carry out their legitimate business.
“In the past, our government have shown the required goodwill to stand on side of the people even when it’s not too convenient for them to do so. I believe that this won’t be an exception. I want to appeal to the government to reconsider this ban in the interest of our people and our country at large.”
Reacting to his statement, @Dornanu “Dad has spoken, the presidency abi presido took our toy, the children can no longer play so Dad has to speak”
@Obaro, “It supposed to be stated like this “Twitter ban is a violation of our children’s right” cos Desmond Elliot called us children. He shouldn’t be acting like he care about us when we all know that he also possess the spirit of our forbidden grandfather, Buhari (Desmond’s father in Abuja)”