A former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has again challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the ban placed on the use of Twitter in Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the Peoples Democratic (PDP) member shunned the government’s order, declaring that he will continue to use the suspended social media platform.
Fayose insists that he will continue to use the microblogging platform, urging other citizens to do the same, noting that the government has no right to stop them from using the platform for communication.
Naija News understands that former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili; and ex-Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, had on Sunday dared President Buhari’s government to arrest them as they continue to use Twitter despite the ban. In the same vein, a popular activist, Aisha Yesufu, had as well stated that the Buhari-led Federal Government has no right to arrest her for using Twitter.
Making his stand known on Monday, Fayose on Twitter wrote: “Good morning Nigerians. Like Buhari, no President elected by Nigerians can be a law unto himself.
“It is our right to use Twitter and other social media platforms and we’ll keep tweeting. I’m tweeting and so are many other Nigerians,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has summoned envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union in Nigeria over their comments on the suspension of the operation of Twitter in the country.
The invitation was contained in a statement released by Kimiebi Ebienfa of the Crisis Monitoring and Public Communications Division of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The statement reads, “I am directed to inform that following the recent ban on Twitter by the Federal Government and Press Statement issued by some Heads of Diplomatic Missions Accredited to Nigeria on the subject matter, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama has invited the affected Ambassadors to a meeting today at noon.”
“The venue is Minister’s Conference Room, 8th Floor.”
“You are here invited to cover the Meeting. Thanks for your usual cooperation.”