Twitter ban: Sanwo-Olu advises Buhari

The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the Federal Government can handle the Twitter ban in the country better.

Sanwo-Olu stated this while appearing on Arise TV on Monday morning.

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government can sign ‘rules of engagement’ with Twitter on the use of the micro-blogging platform in Nigeria.

According to Sanwo-Olu, “People are losing money but there are also security issues. Let us be circumspect and not throw the baby away with the bathwater.”

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The Buhari government blocked Twitter on Saturday morning, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

This followed a deletion of a controversial civil war post by the President.

Sanwo-Olu added: “Regarding the specifics around Twitter, I cannot sit down here with all of the responsibilities that I have and fly (sic) the commander in chief of the armed forces. He would have the prognosis and security information that I do not have. I cannot begin to say that what he’s done is right or wrong.

“What I see is that on both sides, there are issues that can be resolved between Twitter and the (Federal) Government and I think what they’ve done is not a ban but a suspension. So, in the period of suspension, let us sit down…we need to have that conversation with them (Twitter).

“In other climes, they sign some underlying agreements on the rules of engagement. I am not sure what is happening here. Having said that, the Federal Government can also handle things a lot better because of the number of e-commerce, because of the number of youths that are doing a lot of things on the internet and we cannot throw that away.

“I believe there could be better restraint and management from both sides. In the next one or two days, let us see that happen. Lagos is hurting, our youths are hurting, Nigeria is hurting, let us understand the issues and put it behind us so that we don’t politicise it.”

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