State governors elected on the stage of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have given grounds President Muhammadu Buhari should consider lifting the suspension on Twitter.
The Nigerian government recently suspended Twitter following the microblogging site deleted Mr Buhari’s tweet which it said violated its rules.
Since then Nigerians have been denied access to Twitter, except those that are using VPN along with other methods to bypass the Nigerian government’s restriction.
The PDP governors at a communique issued after his meeting Monday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, stated the reasons given for its government actions was”personalised”.
“The mere ego of Mr President isn’t sufficient for such a drastic action that deprives millions of Nigerians of this economical means of expression and communication,” the governors said.
The governors said the ban would hurt fellow youth who don’t have sufficient access to labour and have been relying on Twitter to earn legitimate income.
“This will worsen Nigeria’s 33% unemployment rate which is the greatest in the world, improve Nigeria’s ranking as the country with the next highest poverty rate in the entire world, all of which occurred under APC’s unfortunate stewardship,” the governors said.
The PDP governors appealed to Mr Buhari to review the ban in the”national interest”.
The governors, who expressed fear that Mr Buhari’s administration may be sliding into dictatorship, stated”social networking regulation can only be achieved within the existing laws on the topic and shouldn’t be utilized as an effort to punish or gag Nigerians from enjoying constitutionally guaranteed rights”. The Uyo meeting was attended by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Who’s the chairman of the forum, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, who is the vice chairman, also Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State who hosted the meeting.
Douye Diri, Bayelsa; Samuel Ortom, Benue; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Nyesom Wike, Rivers; and Oluseyi Makinde of Oyo State also attended the meeting.