Makinde implores FG to reverse decision to ban Twitter operations

Makinde implores FG to reverse decision to ban Twitter operations

Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has appealed to the Federal Government to reverse its suspension on Twitter for the greater good of Nigerians.

Makinde made the appeal in a statement on Saturday, June 5, in Ibadan.

The governor noted that Twitter had become a source of livelihood for many, irrespective of their political affiliations or religious leanings “apart from being a source of communication for many of our hardworking youths in Nigeria.

“Nigerian youths and digital communications organisations earn a living; from being able to use the platform to post communications on behalf of their clients.

“Others who may not have physical stores also rely on Twitter to give visibility to their products and services,” he asserted.

Makinde further stated that Twitter provided a platform “for young people; and indeed all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion.

“They use the platform to complain, argue and give feedback to government and its agencies, who in turn, use these to improve policies.”

He urged the Federal Government to be actively interested; in how certain policies and actions will affect investor confidence.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the membership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick into the FIFA Council will provide benefits that will lead to the advancement of football in Africa.

The president stated this on Friday, June 4, in Abuja; when he had an audience with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Pinnick, at the State House.

Buhari, once again, congratulated the NFF boss on his election victory; into the strategic body that sets the vision for global football; assuring him of Nigeria’s support in his new position.

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“The position on the Council of the world’s football governing body, FIFA; comes at a time when Nigeria is determined to turn the fortunes of her sports development around; through better infrastructure, more investment both public and private government incentives.

“Without prejudice to the continental nature of your assignment at the Council; I urge you to use your position to ensure Nigeria’s sporting image receives a boost.

“I know this position will assist Nigeria to get technical and financial support from FIFA; and your position should create a platform for other Nigerians to enter into the FIFA family; and other international Sports Federations,’’ he said.


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