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”
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.