By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, Nigeria is not China, North Korea and other countries where social media has been banned.
The legal luminary said this via a statement on Tuesday while expressing his views on the federal government’s ban on social media platform Twitter, adding that Facebook and other microblogging sites could be the next in line to be banned.
In his words, “I do not agree, however, that our beloved nation Nigeria should be ranked amongst countries like China, North Korea and other totalitarian regimes that have the infamous record of banning, suspending or hindering social media.
“I urge the President to direct the reinstatement of Twitter in Nigeria whilst Twitter should take a second look at its policies and Rules to give room for engagement when perceived violations occur.
“Why is the Twitter ban so important to generate national discourse? In law, we deal with precedents, by which an occurrence serves as a benchmark to determine other subsequent ones. So, if it happens to Twitter, it can happen to Facebook, or Linkedin, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google, Yahoo or even the entire World Wide Web and can even graduate dangerously to the print and electronic media, ultimately.”