The National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ismaeel Ahmed, said the Federal Government didn’t ban the use of Twitter in the country; it only suspended its operations.
He made this known at a press conference on Wednesday announcing the rescheduled date for the Progressive Youths Conference which will now hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday, June 21, 2021.
Ahmed said, “The government didn’t ban social media as a lot of people will insinuate. It is very important that we know that because Facebook is still in operation, Instagram is still in operation, WhatsApp is still in operation, and a lot of other social media platforms are still in operation.
“In fact, some people will tell you Twitter is for the elite young people and not necessarily for the general public.
“I think there are far more subscribers on Facebook in Nigeria than there are on Twitter. But haven said that, it is still a very important medium for people.
“So, whatever it is that the government felt to suspend Twitter, not even ban, there was a suspension and of course, there is a conversation going on between the government and the representatives of Twitter and I’m sure it will be resolved.”
However, Ahmed, said while he was personally not happy about the suspension of Twitter operations, he saw reasons with the Federal Government for taking the action because the site overstepped boundaries by deleting a tweet by the President Muhammadu Buhari.