Nollywood actor Yemi Solade has justified the ban of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the government, accusing the social media platform of going too far by insulting President Muhammadu Buhari. Recall that the Federal Government suspended Twitter operations indefinitely in Nigeria on Friday, June 4, 2021.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said the government was forced to act because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The suspension came just two days after Twitter deleted President Buhari’s tweet which threatened to deal with “pro-Biafran secessionists” in “the language they will understand”.
Twitter said the offensive tweet violated the social media company’s community rules, leading to a 12-hour suspension of President Buhari’s account.
Reacting to the Twitter ban in Nigeria while speaking with Goldmyne TV, Solade said Twitter went too far by insulting the president and by extension, Nigerians.
“I think Twitter went too far by insulting the President of Nigeria and by extension, insulting all of us, some 200 million Nigerians, the most populous black nation on earth. I think the 45% of subscribers make Twitter very thick,” he said.
“This is not the first time Twitter will be trying to humiliate Nigerians. It happened to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome some time ago. The white supremacist should be curbed sometimes.”
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Solade’s comment generated mixed reactions from Nigerians. Reacting to the statement, most Nigerians on social media lambasted the actor, describing him as a fool, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and worse than his fellow colleague and meme king, Desmond Elliot.
Below are some of the reactions from Twitter:
Yemi Solade has proven beyond reasonable doubt he’s more stupid than Desmond Elliot.
— timi ?? ? (@timiPR) June 8, 2021
Yemi Solade is a fool. With all his useless and mediocre movies, you don't expect much from him…
— #EndSARS #Sarsmustend?? (@Dam_Faust) June 8, 2021
But I didn't realize this man too no get sense
— Only girlie (@moipella1) June 8, 2021
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) June 8, 2021
The federal government has said the operations of Twitter in Nigeria will be restored only when “responsible communication” can be assured on the platform.
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