The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, posted on his official twitter page, in relation to the recently imposed twitter ban by the Nigerian government on Friday, 4th of June, 2021. His post reads thus:
Statement by Governor Seyi Makinde Regarding the Suspension of Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government It has become imperative for me to release a statement regarding the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government.
Twitter has become the platform for young people and indeed all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion. They use the platform to complain, argue and give feedback to government and its agencies who in turn, use these to improve policies.
This is a fundamental point that should be kept in mind as we debate the necessity of this suspension.
We should also remember that Twitter has gone beyond a source of communication for many of our hardworking youths in Nigeria. It has become a source of livelihood for many, irrespective of their political affiliations or religious leanings.
Nigerian youths and digital communications organisations earn a living from being able to use the platform to post communications on behalf of their clients. Others who may not have physical stores also rely on Twitter to give visibility to their products and services.
Furthermore, I believe the Federal Government should be actively interested in how certain policies and action will affect investor confidence.
I, therefore, use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government to reverse this suspension for the greater good of Nigerians.
See some Nigerians reactions to the statements below:
Dear Governor, you really need to be circumspect if you know how to be. The FGN has taken a decision in the interest of the nation that you are part of. You are also part of Govt. You are not a separate and distinct unit. You are not opposition to Nigeria, just opposition to APC
Sometimes, when you want to give up on Nigeria, boom!! Seyi Makinde pops up in your mind. Then you feel that sudden joy, that glimmer of hope lightens your heart again. If Seyi can still shine bright in a country overtaken by darkness, then I must keep hope & faith alive.