KanyiDaily recalls that the Federal Government had suspended Twitter operations indefinitely in Nigeria on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said the government was forced to act because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporatee existence”.
The suspension comes just two days after Twitter deleted President Buhari’s tweet which threatened to deal with “pro-Biafran secessionist” in “the language they will understand”.
Twitter said the offensive tweet violated the social media company’s abusive behavior policy, leading to a 12-hour suspension of President Buhari’s account.
Reacting to the Twitter ban in Nigeria while speaking with Goldmyne TV, Solade said Twitter went too far by insulting the president and by extension, Nigerians.
“I think Twitter went too far by insulting the President of Nigeria and by extension, insulting all of us, some 200 million Nigerians, the most populous black nation on earth. I think the 45% of subscribers make Twitter very thick,” he said.
“This is not the first time Twitter will be trying to humiliate Nigerians. It happened to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome some time ago. The white supremacist should be cubbed sometimes.”
The movie star went on to say that everyone had the freedom to express themselves, but when a platform is used to foment trouble and project anarchy, there should be rules regulating such.
“As much as I am of the opinion that everybody has the right of expression of thoughts but then when a platform is used to want to foment trouble, to want to foment anarchy then there should be rules regulating such practices but in this case, a lot happens on Twitter,” he added.
“I will want to align with the school of thought that Twitter wasn’t really helping. Nigeria has many issues to contend with and Twitter wasn’t really helping the country. Most of the posts were far far too negative especially hitting the government of Nigeria. On a wider scale, it really trampled on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.”
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Meanwhile, the federal government has said the operations of Twitter in Nigeria will be restored only when “responsible communication” can be assured on the platform.