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#TwitterBan: Buhari govt’s suspension not best solution – France


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France has disclosed that the Nigerian Government under the leadership of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) did not make the best decision following the ban of Twitter in the country.

In a statement issued by the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier, the ambassador revealed that France supports the European Union’s condemnation of the ban, according to The PUNCH.

Pasquier who spoke during the 30th anniversary of the French Institute for Research in Africa in Nigeria expressed concern over the economic effects of the ban on Nigerian youths who earn their living using social media platforms like Twitter and others.

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“The EU delegation issued a communique and France is part of the EU. Of course, we share their view and the concern has been expressed. After that, I don’t want to go into it because it is Nigeria’s domestic issue and it is up to Nigerian people to say what they think about it.

“I am a bit concerned because I understand there are plenty of young people in Nigeria creating business activities using this type of tools – Twitter, and it is very important for them to be able to continue to earn their living. I hope the government will find a solution. All countries have some questions about social media and nobody has really found yet the right solution, banning is obviously not the best solution.

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“About IFRA, we are very happy to have this French institute here in Ibadan and it is doing a very good job. It is very important to have research in social sciences to better understand Nigerian society.

“I think we will need to keep in best conditions all the documentations especially with the humidity in Nigeria and so on. Some of these materials can be destroyed very quickly. So, it is a good thing to talk about the digitisations of these materials. It will give much more access to these materials through the Internet from Europe,” the statement partly read.

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