By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Human Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has charged the federal government to prepare to construct more prisons for Nigerians who will contravene its ban on the use of social media platform, Twitter.
The fiery lawyer gave the charge via a statement on Sunday in Abuja, in which he also disclosed the purported plan by the federal government to clamp down on the opposition, human rights Activists, dissenters, plural voices, and perceived enemies to the ban, flaying the speed with which the government announced the ban without considering the economic implications of its action on the citizenry.
Excerpts of the statement read: “The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has just ordered the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to immediately prosecute offenders contravening the Federal Government’s ban on twitter operations in Nigeria. Indeed he wants the DPP to liaise with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the National Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant Government agencies to ensure “speedy prosecution of offenders without further delay”.
“How I wish that Malami’s APC Government, has displayed such alacrity and sense of urgency on the grave insecurity challenges of the country; the parlous economy and the mounting corruption ravaging our land.
“Malami did this with Lai Mohammed apparently being aware that many knowledgeable Nigerians had started to use different Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to clearly bypass the blockage.
“This government must be ready to build thousands of prisons across all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria so as to accommodate the deluge of ‘erring’ Nigerians.
“This government does not appear to have weighed carefully the serious implications of its actions and the likely ricochetting effects. Many Nigerians run global businesses with links and business partners across the world. They carry on business using the social media of Twitter. Secondly, many Nigerians, especially the jobless youth who have been rendered destitute by this thus anti-masses government.