In reaction to the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has directed the prosecution of those defying the directive announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Malami, the Minister of Justice, directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) to swing into action. The AGF directed the DPFF to commence the prosecution of violators of the Feliaise Government De-activation of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
According to his media aide, Umar Gwandu, the AGF directed the DPPF to liase with the National Communication Communication, Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of violators of the directive announced by Lai Mohammed.
EveryEvery.ng had reported that the First Lady Aisha Buhari has deactivated her Twitter account barely 24 hours after the Nigerian government announced the indefinite suspension of the microblogging site.
Reacting, the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde advised the federal government to rescind suspending Twitter’s operation in Nigeria.
According to Makinde, leaders should go beyond emotional reactions to issues and think about how their actions will affect Nigerians socially and economically. The governor described Twitter as a platform for young people and all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion.
However, Makinde appealed to the Federal Government to reverse the suspension of Twitter’s operation for the good of Nigerians (read more here).