Desmond Elliot, a Nigerian actor turned politician, has reacted to the Federal Government’s decision to ban , microblogging platform, Twitter’s operations in the country.
according to reported on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the indefinite suspension in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi.
Parts of the statement were as follows:
“Twitter, the microblogging and social networking site, has had its activities in Nigeria halted indefinitely by the Federal Government.
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in an Abuja statement on Friday, citing the platform’s continued usage for activities that threaten Nigeria’s security.
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 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.”
Elliot warned the administration that Nigerian youngsters use the microblogging site to peddle their commodities and advertise their companies and services.