- The ruling party’s stance comes 24 hours after the Buhari administration announced the ban on Twitter in Nigeria
- The ban has been described as an attack on freedom of expression by human rights groups and activists including Amnesty International
Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, has declared its support for the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government.
The ruling party alleged that the social media giant’s support for divisive views threatens Nigeria’s sovereignty and national interest.
“We are a democratic and independent nation, citizens should defend our sovereignty by supporting the federal government’s Twitter suspension. It is in our national interest,” the party’s interim national secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, said in its reaction issued on Saturday.
Continuing, the APC said Nigerian youth should see the ban as an opportunity for a homegrown social media network.
“Russia has VKontakte (VK), China has Weibo, among several homegrown social media platforms. The APC believes that the country has the potentials and talents that can develop alternative and competitive applications to existing platforms in the world. Twitter’s suspension will undoubtedly serve as a positive trigger to unleash the creative potentials of Nigerians in the global digital space.
“This is a challenge to our vibrant youths with such talents. They will get support in the exercise from relevant federal government agencies as well as the numerous Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training and research establishments in the country,” the ruling party said.
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