The joint minority caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives has described the ban on Twitter by the Federal Government as draconian and unacceptable.
The committee called on Nigerians to reject the ban and continue using the platform, “as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute.”
In a statement on Wednesday, the Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, decried the ban, noting that many Nigerians are losing their means of livelihood.
The opposition lawmakers also dismissed threats by the government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians for using twitter.
The statement partly read, “As lawmakers, the joint caucus is pained by the anguish Nigerians, especially the youths, who find the use of twitter as a means of livelihood and genuine social interaction, are passing through just because the APC-led Federal Government feels slighted that an individual’s post, was deleted by Twitter for ethical violation.
“The joint caucus, therefore, calls on Nigerians to use various opportunities offered by technology and continue making use of twitter since such does not violate any law in our country.
“It is agonising that Nigeria and Nigerians have been losing billions of naira on a daily basis since the ban on Twitter. This is completely unacceptable as it is worsening the already biting economic hardship and frightening unemployment level in the country.
“Moreover, the ban on Twitter in Nigeria appears to be in favour of criminal and terrorist elements, whose activities fester in an environment of suppressed information flow.”
It sympathised with youth, research-based institutions, traditional rulers and other persons affected by the ban.
The caucus counseled the Federal Government to swallow its pride, accept its misdoing and go and settle whatever issue it has with Twitter instead of this resort to inflicting pains on Nigerians.