The Senate President of Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan has reacted to the decision of the federal government to ban the
micro-blogging site, Twitter.
The Senate President in his reaction, called for an amicable resolution to the current face-off between the government
and the social media platform.
Lawan in his submission stated that it has become clear that Nigeria needs Twitter and Twitter needs Nigeria, adding
that he believes all parties have learnt their
It will be recalled that the federal government last week through the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,
announced an indefinite suspension of the activities of Twitter in Nigeria, accusing the social media platform of
undermining the nation’s sovereignty as well as efforts at tackling insecurity by its actions.
The Senate President who made his view on the matter known during a briefing in Abuja to mark the second
anniversary of the 9th Senate called for an amicable resolution of the matter.
Ahmad Lawan’s Statement
He said: “Our belief is that Nigeria needs Twitter just as Twitter needs Nigeria.
“Our expectation is that we will be able to resolve this issue.
” But beyond that, I am optimistic and I believe that all of us would have learnt our lessons,”
On the general insecurity ravaging the country, Lawan said things can no longer get worse than they already are, expressing optimism that the situation will get better going forward.
”I believe this is the worst level we could get to. We cannot go beyond this level, it could only be better.
“I believe we are going to have a reversal of this situation very soon. We shouldn’t despair, we shouldn’t be despondent. We should have hope and optimism that our situation will be better,” he added.
Meanwhile, the presidency has warned Nigerians to stop rejoicing when cases of insecurity such as kidnappings and killings happen in the country.
The special assistant on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina said those who rejoice when criminals kill security agents or some other negative things happen in the country need to repent.
This was part of the submission by the presidential spokesperson in an opinion article made available to newsmen.
According to him, some Nigerians are found of shouting over the rooftops and amplifying every misfortune or negative occurrence that happens in the country but are always silent when the government records positive/good achievements.
By Cynthia N.