The lawmaker representing Surulere at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot, has said the Federal Government has trampled upon our fundamental rights as a people by banning Twitter operations in Nigeria.
He, therefore, called on the FG to reverse the decision stating that the ban, ‘no matter the reasons proffered violates our human rights.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, via a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, on Friday, announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in the country.
But the lawmaker in a twitter thread said, “I want to admonish our government to always remember that the people’s right to express themselves freely must not be compromised. This ban, no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.
“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.”
Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians, entertainers, and the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria have also called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to reconsider his stance on the suspension of Twitter.”
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