Mike Ozekhome, SAN, a Nigerian human rights lawyer, says the federal government is trying to avoid international scrutiny by suspending Twitter operations in the country.
On Friday, he titled a statement, ‘When A Tottering Government Twiddles Twitter’.
Ozekhome responded, “I am not surprised that the Federal Government has suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria.”. How about you? I’ve always said that this government is very sensitive to criticism. This is a government that can never take a punch, but delights in always punching its adversaries, real or imaginary.
“What does the Nigerian government think Twitter loses by being suspended? Nigerians will suffer just as they have suffered since the last six years due to the government’s policies. Twitter doesn’t even care whether Nigerians use Twitter.
“So, it is the same beleaguered Nigerian people that will suffer, not the Federal Government or Twitter, because the Federal Government is a minute minuscule aspect of the Nigerian society, made up of only a few selected elite that do not care about the common man.”
Continuing, the senior advocate said, “The Government knows that Nigerians now express their resentment and protest through Twitter, by telling the whole world how Nigeria has been turned into a corruption haven, and a sprawling field of butchery, extra-judicial executions and slaughtering.
“Those in Government do not want the world to hear about their atrocities. So, they just gleefully tell the world that they have suspended Twitter and that they would soon license other OTT and social media operations.
“These people in Government know that Nigerians have been reaching out to the whole world, and they are very embarrassed that the breeze has been blowing, and the smelly backside of the fowl is always being opened for the whole world to see and smell its odorous side.
“This is the same Government that undeservedly rode to power using the same Twitter and other social media platforms it now detests.
“I am greatly disappointed about this government round and round. I feel very sad as a Nigerian being led by a Government of one scandal per day.”