The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the federal government did not ban social media but temporarily suspended Twitter operations in the country.
The National Youth Leader of the party made the remark during a press conference ahead of the rescheduled Progressive Youths Conference to hold next week.
Ismaeel Ahmed noted that contrary to insinuations on the streets, “the government didn’t ban social media”, stressing that other social media platforms are up and running just fine.
“It is very important that we know that because Facebook is still in operation, Instagram is still in operation, WhatsApp is still in operation, and a lot of other social media platforms are still in operation.
Although the Youth leader noted that he was personally not happy about the suspension of the operations of the microblogging site, he had no trouble identifying with the federal government for taking the decision especially since it crossed the line by deleting a tweet of the President.
“In fact, some people will tell you Twitter is for the elite young people and not necessarily for the general public.
“I think there are far more subscribers on Facebook in Nigeria than there are on Twitter. But having said that, it is still a very important medium for people.
“So, whatever it is that the government felt to suspend Twitter, not even ban, there was a suspension and of course, there is a conversation going on between the government and the representatives of Twitter and I’m sure it will be resolved.”