Twitter Suspension: Sanwo-Olu said FG could have handled it a lot better

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Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the decision of the federal government in suspending the operations of the social media platform, Twitter, in Nigeria is hurting the country’s economy.

Tthe President Muhammadu Buhari-led Government, on Friday, announced the suspension of Twitter owing to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”

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Speaking during an interview on Arise News on Monday, June 7, 2021, Sanwo-Olu said the suspension is hurting the Nigerian economy and disrupting the livelihood of young Nigerians who make a living on the internet.

He However, asked that both parties to work out rules of engagement going forward.

“Federal government can handle this a lot better. Because of the number of eCommerce, the number of youths doing digital stuff on the internet, and we cannot throw that away and say it’s not happening. I believe there could be a lot of restraint and better management from both sides,” the governor said.

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“On both sides, there are issues that can be resolved between Twitter and the government and I think what they’ve done is not a ban but a suspension like they said, so in the period of suspension let us sit down.

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“If we have 40 million users of that micro-blogger and another country has five million and they chose to take their investment to a country that have five million compared to a country with 40 million.

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“It speaks to the reason we need to have that conversation with them. Probably if they have an office here things would have been done a lot quicker and better.”

Meanwhile, the Federal government has given condition to lift the ban on Twitter, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, during a meeting with envoys from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union, said the federal government can only lift the ban on Twitter if a social media giant can assure that the platform would be used responsibly.

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