'Nigeria, Twitter Need Each Other' – Senate President Reacts To Ban
Lawan said the Senate was convinced that the Federal Government and Twitter would eventually resolve their difference.
The Senate finally broke its silence on the Federal Government ban on Twitter microblogging platform on Friday when its President, Ahmad Lawan, said Nigeria needs the social media platform just as it needs the country.
Lawan stated this at a news briefing in Abuja to mark his administration’s second year in office
He said the Senate was convinced that the Federal Government and Twitter would eventually resolve their difference.
Lawan said: ''Our belief is that Nigeria needs Twitter just as Twitter needs Nigeria.''
“Our expectation is that we will be able to resolve this issue.
”But beyond that, I am optimistic and I believe that all of us would have learnt our lessons.”
He added: “I believe this is the worst level we could get to. We cannot go beyond this level, it could only be better.
''I believe we are going to have a reversal of this situation very soon. We shouldn’t despair, we shouldn’t be despondent. We should have hope and optimism that our situation will be better.”
Recall that the Minister of information and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, had last Friday announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.
Mohammed stated that the government was forced to act because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”