Connect with us

News

Twitter Suspension in Nigeria Defeats True Democracy – Bloggers Guild

Published

on

The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria GPBN, has watched with deep interest unfolding events of the past 2-days since the ban by Federal Government (FG) of the use of social media handle, Twitter in the country.

Twitter Suspension in Nigeria Defeats True Democracy - Bloggers Guild 1

The Bloggers Guild views with dismay this government action which defeats the purpose of true democracy and freedom of speech which Nigeria preaches among the comity of nations.

As Professional Bloggers, we see Twitter as a veritable Platform that has engaged lots of young Nigerians in the private sector and contributed to reducing economic burden of our youths amidst increasing unemployment in the land.

The army of young, enterprising and dynamic Nigerians who have been promoting their entrepreneurial skills through the Platform are now being shut out by the government which sworn to promote youths development.

We therefore express our disapproval at such an unpopular decision and urge government to rescind on the ban.

We think the ban of Twitter as a means of communication in Nigeria at any time, will further expose millions of Nigerians particularly the youths, to more economic hardship. This is because small, medium and large scale businesses derive advertising sales and income from promotions using the Twitter.

In a country where unemployment rate keeps rising daily, young Nigerian Graduates for instance through their industrious spirit have mostly stopped searching for paid employment or expect social benefits from the government but through social media platforms like Twitter, have been able to create jobs and are making progress with their lives without government support.

Banning Twitter equally exposes Nigerians to higher security risks at a time the use of Twitter as a social tool has been helping to expose crimes and criminals.

At a time heinous crimes like banditry, kidnapping, cultism, ritual killings and robbery have become daily occurrences, Twitter and other social media platforms have been used to track criminal activities and assisted security agents to follow tracks when useful information are given by the public.

We recall the recent tracking of a suspected ritualist, Uduak Frank Akpan in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State whose criminal activities were exposed following numerous Tweets that led to his arrest after he reportedly killed a job seeker, Iniobong Umoren.

If a Platform Twitter wasn’t available at that time, getting a swift action would have taken much longer.

Through Twitter, we are aware that government agencies like EFCC, Police unit and others security apparatus have also been able to track criminals and brought them to book.
The benefits of this social means of communication are therefore too numerous to recount.

The huge outcry that has followed the ban shows the immeasurable benefits teeming Nigerian population derive from using the social media and how it would be callous, evil and disdainful to allow this suspension continue.

Not only would a continued ban utterly affect the legitimate source of living for many, it would hinder communication even for the government ministries, departments and agencies.
Most government MDAs have employed social media influencers who communicate activities of government and get all time feedback using Twitter.

The NCDC for instance, has been able to reach millions of Nigerians with all time fast messages on COVID-19 pandemic using Twitter.

The Guild is therefore appealing to FG to reconsider its action for the greater and common good of Nigeria among the comity of nations with progressive democracy.

Signed:

Chris Kehinde Nwandu
President

Femi Adeoye
General Secretary

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

LATEST NEWS

Radio Station Manager Beats Up Female Presenter After Refusing To Pay Her Money [Video] Radio Station Manager Beats Up Female Presenter After Refusing To Pay Her Money [Video]
Metro55 mins ago

Radio Station Manager Beats Up Female Presenter After Refusing To Pay Her Money [Video]

A radio station manager, Nelson Twinamasiko, has been arrested for assaulting a female presenter, Anita Tumuramye, after allegedly refusing to...

PDP Crisis: I Dare You To Stop Political Ambition Of My Loyalists - Wike Replies Ayu PDP Crisis: I Dare You To Stop Political Ambition Of My Loyalists - Wike Replies Ayu
Politics2 hours ago

PDP Tackles Wike, Accuses Rivers Gov Of Anti-Party Activities

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State of working for the emergence of the...

BBTitans: I'm Here To Play The Game, Not To Catch Feelings For Anyone - Olivia [Video] BBTitans: I'm Here To Play The Game, Not To Catch Feelings For Anyone - Olivia [Video]
Entertainment2 hours ago

BBTitans: I’m Here To Play The Game, Not To Catch Feelings For Anyone – Olivia [Video]

It might seem that we have a BBtitans housemate that has her eyes on the prize. Olivia confronted Juicy Jay...

2023: Peter Obi Is A Nollywood Actor, He Can’t Win Presidential Election – El-Rufai [Video] 2023: Peter Obi Is A Nollywood Actor, He Can’t Win Presidential Election – El-Rufai [Video]
Politics2 hours ago

2023: Peter Obi Is A Nollywood Actor, He Can’t Win Presidential Election – El-Rufai [Video]

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has described the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, as a Nollywood actor...

Court Orders Oxlade To Pay N5million To John Blessing Over Their Leaked Sεx Tape Court Orders Oxlade To Pay N5million To John Blessing Over Their Leaked Sεx Tape
Entertainment3 hours ago

Court Orders Oxlade To Pay N5million To John Blessing Over Their Leaked Sεx Tape

Lagos State High Court has awarded N5million damages against a singer, Ikuforijimi Abdulrahman, popularly known as Oxlade, over his leaked...

UNIBEN Students Beat Up Soldier For Assaulting Their Colleagues At ATM Queue [Video] UNIBEN Students Beat Up Soldier For Assaulting Their Colleagues At ATM Queue [Video]
Metro4 hours ago

UNIBEN Students Beat Up Soldier For Assaulting Their Colleagues At ATM Queue [Video]

Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) have harassed and beaten up a Nigerian soldier who assaulted one of their...

BBTitans: Housemates Win Their Wager Task In Flying Colours [Video] BBTitans: Housemates Win Their Wager Task In Flying Colours [Video]
Entertainment5 hours ago

BBTitans: Housemates Win Their Wager Task In Flying Colours [Video]

It’s a lot of fun and celebration as the BBTitans housemates win this week’s wager task. After a lot of...

“Forever Grateful Sir” - 2Baba Says As He Sings Praises Of RMD “Forever Grateful Sir” - 2Baba Says As He Sings Praises Of RMD
Celebrities5 hours ago

“Forever Grateful Sir” – 2Baba Says As He Sings Praises Of RMD

Just like the popular slang, ‘Real knows Real.’ Nigerian Singer and Songwriter, Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Baba has showered...

Nigerians Drags Yul Edochie For His ‘Poor’ Mimicking Of Peter Obi In New Movie [Video] Nigerians Drags Yul Edochie For His ‘Poor’ Mimicking Of Peter Obi In New Movie [Video]
Entertainment17 hours ago

Nigerians Drags Yul Edochie For His ‘Poor’ Mimicking Of Peter Obi In New Movie [Video]

Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie has come under fire over his new movie where he mimicked the Labour Party presidential candidate,...

Family Loses Three Children As Building Collapses In Jigawa Due To Heavy Rainfall Family Loses Three Children As Building Collapses In Jigawa Due To Heavy Rainfall
News17 hours ago

Four-Storey Building Collapses In Gwarimpa, One Killed, Five Rescued

A four-storey building under construction has collapsed in Gwarimpa, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Four-Storey Building Collapse In Gwarimpa Abuja...

close