Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, have said there is nothing to rejoice over on the lifting on suspension placed on micro-blogging site Twitter by the Federal Government.
According to the lawyer, Twitter is beyond a social media platform but a money-making avenue for Nigerian youths who eke a living through content creating and sharing on the platform.
“Local digital communications firms and ingenuous Nigerian youths earn a living from the use of Twitter to post communications on behalf of their clients. Others who may not afford physical stores also rely on Twitter to give visibility to their products and services.
“But hundreds of youths lost this means of livelihood to the unjustifiable suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government in the last seven months,” Olajengbesi said in a statement on Thursday just as the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) announced that it has lifted the suspension on Twitter.
“The Buhari regime had suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria on June 4, 2021, after the micro-blogging platform deleted a controversial civil war post by the President. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had said the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The Managing Partner of Law Corridor in Abuja, Pelumi, therefore said, “The Federal Government should pay Nigerian youths and business owners who lost means of livelihood due to the seven-month suspension of Twitter in the country.