Veteran Nigerian actor Yemi Solade has thrown his weight behind the decision of the Federal Government over the ban on Twitter.
Yemi Solade has described the move of the Federal Government as the “best decision the Presidency could have made”. In an interview with Goldmyne TV, Yemi Solade said that Twitter has insulted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and by extension, all Nigerians.
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He said, “This is not the first time Twitter will try to humiliate Nigeria. It happened to Pastor Chris Oyakilhome some years back. I think the white supremacist and imperialist tendencies should be curbed sometimes.
“As much as I am of the opinion that everybody has a right to expression and thoughts, but when a platform is used to want to ferment trouble and project anarchy, there should be rules regulating such practices. In this case, a lot happens on Twitter.
“I am not really a Twitter fan; I do little on Twitter. I would want to align with that school of thought that says Twitter was not really helping. Nigeria has so many problems to contend with and Twitter was not really helping the country.”
“I want to think in the larger space, it really trampled on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. Because the President or the Presidency is aggrieved with Twitter, it does not mean that over 190 million Nigerians should queue behind the President,” Solade stated.
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He continued, “I support my President this time around though. I am not trying to double speak, but I think it is a two-way thing. The best the Presidency could do has been done for now. We don’t know how long, but we hope the issue will be resolved and Twitter will begin to function in Nigeria.”