Popular Nigerian actor now a politician, Desmond Elliot, has responded to the Federal Government decision to ban Twitterâs operations in Nigeria.
On Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the temporary suspension in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi.
The statement read in part;
âThe Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
âThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeriaâs corporate existence.â
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, âno matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.â
He said; âI want to admonish our government to always remember that the peopleâs right to express themselves freely must not be compromised. This ban, no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.â
Elliot reminded the government that Nigerian youths trade their wares and advertise their businesses and services via the micro-blogging site.