The Presidency on Monday, June 14, revealed that the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria may be indefinite in the interest of “national cohesion and progress of the country.”
This was contained in a statement issued by the Presidency spokesman, Garba Shehu who stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was now firmer in his determination to rid the country of divisive persons.
According to the Presidency, Twitter has been used by IPOB; to spread hate messages and threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.
“I think in the last few days, we are seeing a firmer determination by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle artificial divisions that are standing in the way of national cohesion and progress of the country,” Mr Shehu said.
“As I said, Twitter is one of them, but from the pronouncement of the president; in the interview he did on Arise TV; and the one on NTA here, the speech he gave in Lagos and the broadcast he gave; I think they are suggestive of the fact that the growing heat in the country must not continue.”
Giving a justification for the ban, Mr Shehu insisted that the decision was the right approach; in ensuring that the “growing heat in the country” is discontinued.
The Presidency emphasised that the decision also portrays the current administration’s determination; to combat issues that threaten peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to send a Bill on restructuring to the National Assembly.
This came in the wake of remarks by President Buhari in his Democracy Day speech; that the responsibility for restructuring the country; as being clamoured by some Nigerians lies with the National Assembly.
However, in his reaction on Sunday, June 12, the Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Jare Ajayi in a statement; asked the President to, as a matter of urgency, send the bill on restructuring and power devolution to the legislative arm.
Doing this, the group noted, would “Nigerians to believe that he meant what he says.”
On the president’s claim that his administration has not done badly in the last six years; Afenifere declared that “Nigerians were far better off in virtually everything in 2015 than they are presently.”