The Nigerian House of Representative members have rejected uplifting the Twitter ban.
This comes after the Presidency announced the ban following the deletion of a Tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The refusal to lift the ban was done on Thursday, July 1st.
The rejection came while the House was considering the report of its Committee on the matter.
Recall that the House had mandated its Committees on Information, ICT, Intelligence, Justice and Orientation to investigate the circumstances of the suspension by the federal government.
At the consideration of the report, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Toby Okechukwu, suggested an amendment to one of the recommendations.
It states “That the Federal Government should take into cognizance the negative effect of the Twitter suspension on Nigerians who depend on the platform for their livelihood,” and lift the suspension.
Seconded by another member, the motion was however rejected by the majority of the House when put to vote.
Reacting the this reports, Nigerian actor, Jigan Babaoja took to social media and wrote, “We don’t have the weapon to fight back but I strongly believe something big will hit every souls making life hard for its citizens !”
Yetunde Bkare wrote, “They’ll still need the same Twitter for their campaign 👩🦯👩🦯👩🦯 it’s a matter of time 🤐 they can’t even consider those who market their products on Twitter! Yet dem no create jobs”
Onyxx Godwin wrote, “So we’re really in a dictatorship like this? VPN drains my battery! My goodness”
Official six wrote, “They will lift it when it’s time for election and pro Buhari media need to work”