In 2019, Vice President Yemi Osinabajo mentioned regulation of social media shouldn’t be a smart choice in reactions to threats to censor dissidents within the nation.
Nigeria’s info and tradition minister Lai Mohammed had on Friday introduced Twitter’s suspension in an announcement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
The suspension by the Nigerian authorities comes days after a put up by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 1967 civil conflict was deleted by the microblogging platform.
The Nigerian authorities’s spokesman cited “the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” as the rationale for the suspension.
Osinbajo, who said this in Abuja in 2019 throughout an inter-faith tolerance dialogue organised by the United Arab Emirates, defined that he didn’t subscribe to the regulation of social media by the federal government.
He referred to as on non secular leaders to transcend speaking about tolerance to creating sacrifices that have been required.
Osinbajo mentioned, “As religious leaders and media personalities, also as people of faith in general, we share a common calling to apprehend the truth. We absolutely need to be careful in our use of social media. If we do not want to promote the kind of conflict that can go completely out of hand, we must be sure that we are policing and regulating ourselves, especially with social media.
“I don’t think that government regulation is necessarily the way to go, but I believe that we as persons of faith and we, as leaders, and those of us who use the social media actively owe a responsibility to our society and to everyone else, to ensure that we don’t allow it to become an instrument of conflict and instrument of war.”
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to lambast Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for holding mute after the suspension of Twitter operations within the nation two years after he spoke in opposition to the regulation of social media.