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Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by fergie0o1: 1:11pm On Jun 09
The Joint minority caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives has called on Nigerians to ignore the ban placed by the Federal Government on Twitter and continue to use the social media platform.

The National Assembly caucus, which described the ban as draconian, decried that many Nigerians are losing their sources of livelihood to the action.

The Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, stated this in a statement issued on Wednesday, titled ‘NASS Joint Minority Caucus Asks Nigerians to Continue Using Twitter.’

According to the statement, the joint caucus met over the ban by the All Progressives Congress government and “restates its condemnation of the embargo as draconian and unacceptable.”

The opposition lawmakers also dismissed threats by the government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians for using twitter, calling on Nigerians to “go ahead and use their Twitter (handles) as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute.”

The lawmakers said they recognise the provisions of Articles 19 and 20 of the United Nations Charter on Fundamental Human Rights, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as provisions of Sections 39 and 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), stating that “by these provisions, no one will be violating any law for using twitter in Nigeria.

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.”

The caucus sympathised with the organised private sector, manufacturing and service providing companies; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; online businesses owners and other hard working entrepreneurs across the country, “whose genuine business and means of livelihood have been crippled by the unwarranted ban on Twitter by the APC Federal Government.”

The minority lawmakers also identified with students, research-based organisations, media houses, the organised civil society, faith-based organisations and community groups, among others, whose information-based activities have been violently disrupted by the ban.

“In the same vein, the joint caucus sympathises with regional, states, local government as well as members of the international community, whose genuine and constructive activities have been crippled by the prohibition of twitter in Nigeria

“It also identifies with traditional rulers, who have even found Twitter as a means of communicating with the constituents, especially in this era of insecurity in the country,” the statement added.

The Joint Caucus vehemently berates the APC-led government for abandoning its duty of addressing the serious economic and security problems confronting our nation to rather focus on dissipating energy victimizing Nigerians over their disagreement with Twitter for deleting a post by an individual.

The Caucus counsels 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.

PUNCH

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Eazi1(m): 1:14pm On Jun 09
Its not like we have stoped b4

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Tinubuadvocate: 1:16pm On Jun 09
I think those senators are tired of living Nigeria.

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by OssyMalik(m): 1:19pm On Jun 09
Yes we are still tweeting!!!

Meanwhile, Nigerians on Twitter no go kill pesin grin grin

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by chiiraq802: 1:23pm On Jun 09
Nnaaa mehn.

I don tire for this Twitter brouhaha..... angry

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by chiiraq802: 1:23pm On Jun 09
Nnaaa mehn....

I don tire for this Twitter brouhaha .....

God naso we go dey dey....

#Thunder scatter that gworo man and his minions

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by inoki247: 1:24pm On Jun 09
You no need to tell us sef....

No be Government buy me Data if I choose to use my Data to Watch Pornhubb or check out OnlyFan na my money.....

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Millimann: 1:37pm On Jun 09
Let's see how it goes.
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by FBIBOT(m): 1:38pm On Jun 09
Open grazing banned on Twitter.... Omo grin grin

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by CertyAgroAllied: 2:04pm On Jun 09
sad
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by nairalee(m): 2:49pm On Jun 09
Those against freedom of social media, freedom of expression and other ideals of democracy should go and firm their own country naa. Zoogeria!

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by fatymore(f): 2:49pm On Jun 09
The ban is affecting entrepreneurs on twitter


Buhari no do good


I haven't gotten a customer this week undecided angry

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by SenecaTheYonger(m): 2:49pm On Jun 09
You better not listen to them. What this people want is to make the government enforce a compulsory phone search by police, like it was in SARS days. Now they'll be looking for Twitter on your phone.

When you get arrested, no national assembly minority cactus will come to your aid.

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by osuofia2(m): 2:49pm On Jun 09
It is high time baba Buhari ban the use of VPN and arrest any one who flout the order.
Those Southerners must be thought a lesson
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by NaijaRoyalty(m): 2:49pm On Jun 09
Tinubuadvocate:
I think those senators are tired of living Nigeria.
Go and get your head examined

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Frontail: 2:49pm On Jun 09
tongue
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by obembet(f): 2:49pm On Jun 09
I dey Twitter as I dey talk now...

Nairaland let do IFB

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Ceenachi(m): 2:50pm On Jun 09
Tinubuadvocate:
I think those senators are tired of living Nigeria.

Cry more grin grin

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by zeusdgrt(m): 2:50pm On Jun 09
grin
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by azraeljaheel: 2:50pm On Jun 09
This Twitter issue just tire me


If one wanna sell Twitter account now will it be cHeaper or more expensive



Asking for a friend who would rather sell her account than deactivate it wink
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by globalresource: 2:50pm On Jun 09
Lol
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by bishop4life(m): 2:50pm On Jun 09
There are some things buhari's gang of Ruiners cannot do, stopping me from using tweeter is one of it.

Even China is still struggling with that.

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Sholaco: 2:50pm On Jun 09
And those individuals and group of dishonourable should be arrested and prosecuted
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Untainted007: 2:51pm On Jun 09
Who told you we have stopped in the first place? Our leaders just showed the world their true colour. A phone u didn't not buy for me, data you didn't buy for me, social media account you didn't create for me all because one Jubril's post was deleted, I shud now deactivate my account.

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Mitsurugi(m): 2:51pm On Jun 09
Oh yes we shall grin

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by steeltu(m): 2:51pm On Jun 09
Funny kotri
Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by Xiaomi1(m): 2:51pm On Jun 09
like for the caucus, share for the terrorists

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Re: Continue Tweeting, National Assembly Minority Caucus Tells Nigerians by iamyemiakins(m): 2:51pm On Jun 09
osuofia2:
It is high time baba Buhari ban the use of VPN and arrest any one who flout the order.
Those Southerners must be thought a lesson
Zombie in disguise spotted.

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