By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The African Action Congress (AAC) has strongly condemned the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government, urging All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to accept constructive criticism.
In a press statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Sylvester Cletus, AAC said the decision suspending Twitter operation in Nigeria is a direct assault on freedom of expression and speech, noting that it is clear intolerance to expression of alternate views that seek to call power to accountability.
The party maintains that responsible social media regulation is better than suspension, just as it decried the penchant of the APC government that has not been able to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians as an act to further abridge rights of Nigerians to express themselves and ventilate their views on current, shameful happenings in the country.
The party called on political leaders to be mindful of their utterances especially during this period that many sections of the country are up in arms against the State for issues ranging from marginalization, kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, and all forms of injustices.
“It disavows the president’s remark on the disquiet in the South East, insisting that it was provocative, insensitive and brazen and wondered why such a calamitous past where acts of genocidal proportion which was clearly undertaken, are being resurrected without consideration for feelings of the victimized region.
“The benefits of Social Media far outweighs its demerits and so, matters relating to social media engagement should be handled with great care.
“The African Action Congress calls on the Federal Government to rescind its decision and reactivates operations of twitter in Nigeria as millions of businesses undertaken by Nigeria youths and businesses depend on it and other social media platforms for survival”, the statement by the party said.