- Lagos state governor Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the recent ban on Twitter by the Buhari-led administration
- According to the governor, he could not comment on the situation given the fact that he does not know what the FG knows about the app
- Meanwhile, the governor urged the company and the federal government to find how to resolve the problem
Lagos, Nigeria - Following the suspension of Twitter by the federal government, Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has refused to take a stand on the issue.
According to the Lagos state governor, during an interview with Arise TV, he cannot say if what was done is wrong or right because he has no deeper knowledge of what transpired, The Nation reports.
“Why I would not want to unnecessarily join issues around the Twitter, just last week I was on a fact finding tour to some of the tech hubs in Lagos; flutter wave, impact hub… We went round to encourage our great youths who are entrepreneurs in that space and we’ll continue to support them.
“Regarding the specifics around Twitter, I cannot sit down here with all of the responsibilities that I have and fly the commander in chief of the armed forces. He would have the prognosis and security information that I do not have and I cannot begin to say that was it done is right or wrong.”
Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu urged Twitter and the federal government to find ways to resolve the situation for the benefit of the people.
APC speaks on Twitter ban
In a related development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) urged Nigerians who are well-versed in the development of social media/software applications to come up with the nation's homegrown social media apps.
The ruling party made the call in a statement signed by its caretaker national secretary, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, and made it available to Legit.ng on Saturday, June 5.
Legit.ng notes that the APC's statement follows the federal government's suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria. The ruling party noted that countries like Russia and China have their own homegrown social media platforms.
Controversial statement by a presidential aide
Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari's personal assistant on new media, has taunted Nigerians via a Facebook post, saying the suspension of Twitter is the "language" they understand.
The presidential aide's controversial Facebook post generated heated reactions from Nigerians.
Mustopha S. Opeyemi said:
"Twitter can suspend or block anybody's account with the simple reason of the person going against the app rules, but when the app is suspended or block, it is against the freedom of expression. Isn't this double standard?"