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Twitter ban: Eleka describes policy as barbaric, calls for reversal

A former deputy governor of Ekiti state, Professor Olusola Eleka, has condemned the decision of federal government of Nigeria to suspend Twitter.

Professor Eleka, a frontline governorship aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, made this known on Saturday in a statement that he personally signed.

Read full statement,

“Leadership is more about the mental attitude and intellectual prowess to see beyond emotional sentiments in decision making.

The decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the leadership of President Buhari to suspend the usage of Twitter, days after the platform deleted the President’s Genocide tweet is a demonstration of inept leadership.

The decision is barbaric and bereft of democratic ethos. It is a very unfortunate and intellectual eyesore that in a democratic setting like ours, dictatorial tendencies exist and such inhumane decisions can be made.

The Twitter platform is not just a communication platform for millions of Nigerian youths but has become a source of livelihood, means of getting business customers and clients. It is also a yardstick for feeling the pulse of Nigerians.

I hereby call for the reversal of this ill-advised decision. President Buhari must learn how to accept criticism and respect Nigerians, else anarchy looms, as such decisions will push Nigerians to the wall.

To fellow Nigerians, my message is simple “This too shall pass”. Dictators don’t last forever and power is transient.

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