Senate spokesman reveals no mandate to speak on Twitter ban

Senate spokesman reveals no mandate to speak on Twitter ban

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Ajibola Basiru has stated that he has no mandate of the Senate to talk about the ban on Twitter by the Federal Government.

Basiru stated this on Wednesday, June 9, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the second anniversary of the ninth senate.

1st News had also reported that the Federal Government banned the use of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5.

Basiru said the senate had not considered the issue of the Twitter ban.

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He said, “If I express any opinion, it will be my personal opinion; and there is likewise the tendency that my opinion may be judged to be that of the senate.

“So, I don’t have the mandate of the Nigerian senate to talk on the issue of Twitter.

“I will exercise restraint; and also be on the cautionary note; so that I will not be quoted as speaking for the senate on the Twitter ban.

“However, journalists have access to the Attorney-General of the Federation to challenge him; and come up with a legal basis for whatever action he has taken.

“When it comes to interpreting laws in Nigeria, the buck stops at his table. To challenge his opinion, the way to go about it is to go to court. I am not in a position to take him on his action.

“The basis for the rule of law is that there must be a legal basis for executive and legislative actions.

“It is when the senate considers the issue at plenary; that we will be able to have the full opinion that we can express to Nigerians. Senate will address the issue at the appropriate time,” he said.

On the issue of ethnic distrust, the lawmaker said that Nigerians should exercise restraint; in making general assertions on the structure of governance of the country.

“I think with all sense of responsibility, we should exercise restraint in making general assertions. Yes, the President is from a particular ethnic stock but the governance of the country has three arms of government: the executive; legislature; and judiciary.

“And when you look at it statutorily, Nigerian government architecture as brought upon; it is even impossible to have what is called about fulanisation or yorubanisation of any arm.”

 

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