Nigerian filmmaker turned politician, Desmond Elliot, has learnt his voice towards the Federal Authorities’s choice to ban Twitter operations in Nigeria.
On Friday the Minister of Data and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, through an announcement by his Particular Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, introduced the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The assertion learn, “The Federal Authorities has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
“The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, introduced the suspension in an announcement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for actions which are able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence.
“The Minister stated the Federal Authorities has additionally directed the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee to right away start the method of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”
Early immediately, the Twitter ban took impact to the displeasure of many Nigerians particularly celebrities who use the platform to speak instantly with their followers.
In a Twitter thread, Elliot, the lawmaker representing Surulere on the Lagos State Home of Meeting known as on the federal authorities to reverse the suspension stating that the ban, ‘irrespective of the explanations proffered tramples upon our basic rights as folks.’
The legislator stated, “I need to admonish our authorities to at all times do not forget that the folks’s proper to specific themselves freely should not be compromised. This ban, irrespective of the explanations proffered tramples upon our basic rights as folks.”
Elliot reminded the federal government that Nigerian youths commerce their wares and promote their companies and providers through the micro-blogging web site.
He stated, “In a democratic society like ours, we should weigh the financial and social affect of this ban on the populace — particularly our teeming youths and entrepreneurs who rely solely on this platform to hold out their legit enterprise.
“Previously, our authorities have proven the required goodwill to face on facet of the folks even when it’s not too handy for them to take action. I consider that this received’t be an exception. I need to enchantment to the federal government to rethink this ban within the curiosity of our folks and our nation at massive.”
In the meantime, the politician has come beneath fireplace a number of occasions on Twitter after a few of his feedback didn’t sit down nicely with Nigerian youths.
As an example, in October 2020, through the #EndSARS protest, Elliot was closely criticized for allegedly supporting Anti-Social Media Payments in Nigeria; an allegation he earlier denied when the information first filtered in through social media.
Nevertheless, in a viral video that also circulates all around the web, he was seen criticizing social media customers and influencers, emphasising that if the Nigerian state doesn’t cease social media, it’ll destroy the nation.
His feedback weren’t taken calmly by Nigerians on social media and thus the favored Nigerian pidgin slang, Na Desmond Elliot Trigger Am, which means It’s Desmond Elliot’s fault, was born. The slangs tendencies sometimes on the Nigerian Twitter area.
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