PDP CONDEMNS APC OVER TWITTER SUSPENSION AS NIGERIA LOSES N4.4 BILLION IN TWO DAYS
Following the Federal Government’s decision to suspend Twitter, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, on Sunday, the party said facts available showed how APC leaders at one of the national caucus meetings recommended the regulation of social media in the country and how they have been plotting to cut out internet-based interaction platforms such as Twitter.
The PDP said the APC has been pushing bills in the National Assembly seeking to enforce a regulation of social media “so as to gag Nigerians from exposing the atrocities, including human rights abuses, treasury looting, nepotism and sectional marginalisation by the APC administration.’’
The party said it wanted the APC to know that the plot against Nigerians has been exposed and cannot stand.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC administration, in carrying out the agenda of the party, has been using the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to suffocate the media space with humongous fines and threats of suspension of operating license on broadcast stations.
“Our nation is known for its resilient citizenry and no leader or political party has been able to suppress the wishes of Nigerians.
“The APC, in spite of its machinations, cannot vanquish Nigerians in their determination for a free and democratic nation where sovereignty belongs to the people.”
Meanwhile, a UK-based global internet monitor, Netblocks, says Nigeria has lost over N4.4 billion as the ban on the operations of Twitter enters its third day.
It said Nigeria is set to lose much more if the ban is not lifted, noting that the country will lose N90.7 million every hour and more than 2.1 billion every day.