– The PDP has spoken against the federal government’s decision to suspend Twitter’s operations in Nigeria
– The opposition political party on Sunday, June 6, alleged that the move by the government is to suppress Nigerians
– The Nigerian government had announced on the evening of Friday, June 4, that it had suspended the activities of Twitter indefinitely
FCT, Abuja – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, June 6, faulted the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria by the federal government.
Ologbondiyan accused the ruling party of making an attempt to stifle free speech, saying PDP had information about how APC leaders recommended the regulation of social media at one of their national caucus meetings.
He went on to note that the ruling party has been plotting to eliminate internet-based interaction platforms such as Twitter.
This was after a controversial post of President Buhari on Twitter was deleted by the bird app.
Following the deletion, the Nigerian government accused Twitter of pursuing a sinister agenda in the West African country and by Friday, took a decision to ban it.
Nigerians call for the suspension to be reversed
Also reacting to the suspension, Amnesty International on its Twitter page faulted the decision of the Nigerian government. It said the action of the federal government did not follow Nigeria’s international obligations.
The group also urged the authorities to immediately reverse the suspension which it described as unlawful.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has appealed to the federal government to reverse the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
Makinde, who is the southwest leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the appeal in a statement via Instagram on Saturday, June 5.
Buhari’s govt gives condition to lift suspension
The federal government, in a meeting convened by the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, June 7, gave the only condition on which it will end the ban on Twitter in Nigeria.
Onyeama, who spoke with foreign diplomats in Abuja said for the President Buhari-led administration, the condition will be the responsible use of the app in the country.
The minister, to make the record straight, the government is not saying that Twitter is threatening Nigeria, but that the site should not be used to destabilise the government or cause tension.