- A senior lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has joined the growing number of Nigerians expressing their grievances over the Twitter suspension
- According to him, the Buhari-led government does not want the world to hear about its shortcomings and is trying to hide its "sins"
- Ozekhome said he was ashamed of the current administration, which he accused of having "thin skin for criticism"
Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has said he is not surprised that the federal government decided to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria. According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has a low tolerance for criticisms.
In a statement on Friday, June 4, Ozekhome said the current administration derives joy from going after its perceived enemies but cannot stand punches from critics, TheCable reports.
He said those in government are trying to hide their atrocities from the world as they know that Nigerians now express their resentment and protest through Twitter.
The senior lawyer stated:
"Well, I am not surprised that the Federal Government has suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria. Are you?"
Get new people in place of Nigerians
Ozekhome who expressed his anger over the Twitter ban advised the government to not only suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria but to also “dissolve” citizens which it has become so allergic to and get new people in their place.
He said it appears the Nigerian people have now become a nuisance to the government and it no longer wants to see or hear about them, Channels TV reports.
The senior lawyer also expressed how ashamed he was of this government.
Nigerians will suffer the consequences
Ozekhome believes Twitter has nothing to lose being suspended, saying it is the Nigerian people that will suffer.
According to him, the social media app has millions of users across the world and would not even realise that country has suspended it.
The genesis of the ban
A controversial post of President Buhari was deleted from the bird app on Wednesday, June 2.
This apparently did not go down well with the Nigerian authorities who made it very clear. The information minister, Lai Mohammed, accused Twitter of pursuing a sinister agenda in the country.
Two days later, the federal government announced that it had suspended the activities of Twitter in the country indefinitely.
Legit.ng reported how people reacted after the announcement. Some mocked the government for using the platform to announce the action.