A Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria is trying to cover its atrocities from the international community, with the ban of Twitter in the country.
Ozekhome, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) noted that the current administration “has a very thin skin for criticism” and “cannot take punches, but delights in always giving punches to adversaries, real or imaginary.”
Mike Ozekhome added,
“The Government knows that Nigerians now express their resentment and protest through Twitter, by telling the whole world how Nigeria has been turned into a corruption haven, and a sprawling field of butchery, extra-judicial executions and slaughtering.
“Those in Government do not want the world to hear about their atrocities. So, they just gleefully tell the world that they have suspended Twitter and that they would soon license other OTT and social media operations.
“These people in Government know that Nigerians have been reaching out to the whole world, and they are very embarrassed that the breeze has been blowing, and the smelly backside of the fowl is always being opened for the whole world to see and smell its odorous side.”
Nevertheless, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, asked the Federal Government to go beyond the suspension of the micro-blogging site, Twitter, and “dissolve the Nigerian people which it has become so allergic to and no longer wants to see or hear about”.
It was earlier reported that Twitter deleted a post by the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday.
As a result of this, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of Twitter on Friday, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
Mobile network operators also said they received a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission to block access to Twitter in the country following the suspension by the government.
Ozekhome further stated thus:
“This is the same Government that undeservedly rode to power using the same Twitter and other social media platforms it now detests.
“My humble appeal to this Government is that it should go further than this. It should actually suspend or dissolve the Nigerian people which it has become so allergic to and no longer wants to see or hear about. Then, it can now go ahead to elect or select another people in place of the present Nigerians who appear to have become a nuisance to it.
“I am greatly disappointed about this government round and round. I feel very sad as a Nigerian being led by a Government of one scandal per day.”