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Twitter ban should not be the response of a president with vibrant youthful population – Saraki reacts

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has faulted the Federal Government’s suspension of Twitter activities in the country.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of information, had on announced the suspension in a statement issued on Friday.

According to the statement which was surprisingly announced on Twitter, the minister cited “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

Reacting to the suspension in a statement on Friday, Saraki said Nigeria has a vibrant, youthful population that make their living through Twitter.

Taking to his verified Twitter account, Saraki tweeted, “No sir! This should not be the response from the president of a nation with a vibrant youthful population for whom #Twitter is part of their daily lives and a source of their income and livelihood.

“This must be reviewed.”

Twitter had temporarily suspended Nigeria’s president from the site over complaints that he had threatened genocide against agitators in the South East of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday warned insurrectionists that they were in for a “rude shock” — then tweeted a message referring to the 1967-70 civil war that killed 1 million people.

“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,” he tweeted.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he wrote in what was taken as a warning of a fierce crackdown on rising violence in the southeast.

Twitter confirmed to Reuters that Buhari’s message was removed for violating its “abusive behavior” policy, also leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account.

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