Fact check: Governor Kayode Fayemi never said Buhari’s advisers on Twitter ban “enemies of government”

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An online news platform, not NewsWireNGR, DailyPost, early Saturday, reported that the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of the micro-blogging website, Twitter.

The story claimed that, the Ekiti State Governor described whoever advised President Buhari to take the step as his biggest enemy but NewsWireNGR fact-check reveals that the Governor has not commented on the ban that took effect early Saturday as at the time of filling this story.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had announced the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The statement also noted that the federal government had directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all over-the-top media service and social media operations in Nigeria.

The decision comes shortly after the platform had deleted President Buhari’s incident tweet that it said violated its policies.

But the statement being credited to Governor Fayemi was tweeted by Femi Fani Kayode, Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister who stated that the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria space is not justifiable by argument after the micro-blogging site removed a dangerous, irresponsible and insensitive tweet by the President. NewsWireNGR checks on Governor Fayemi’s twitter reveals the Governor tweeted last on the 28 day of May 2021.

Fani Kayode on his verified Twitter account berated the federal government on the development and defined the action as an “indefensible move”.

He tweeted, “Suspending @Twitter from Nigeria simply because they removed a dangerous, irresponsible & insensitive tweet by @MBuhari is the most absurd and counterproductive move that the FG could have made.

“Whoever advised Mr President to make this indefensible move is his biggest enemy,” he said.

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