FG can handle Twitter dispute better says Sanwo-Olu


The Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of the micro blogging and social networking service, Twitter saying the situation can be handled a  lot better .

Sanwo-Olu, in an interview with Arise TV explained he does not have the same prognosis as the President and Commander in Chief, and so, he cannot say if what was done is wrong or right.

The governor queried Twitter’s decision to invest in Ghana that has about five million users and sidelined Nigeria with 40 million users. He suggested that the present disagreement would have been tackled differently if the microblogging platform had an office in that acclaimed giant of Africa.

“Why I would not want to unnecessarily join issues around the Twitter, just last week I was on a fact finding to some of the tech hubs in Lagos; flutter wave, impact hub… We went round to encourage our great youths who are entrepreneurs in that space and we’ll continue to support them…

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“Regarding the specifics around Twitter, I cannot sit down here with all of the responsibilities that I have and fly the commander in chief of the armed forces. He would have the prognosis and security information that I do not have and I cannot begin to say that was it done is right or wrong.”

“What I see is that on both sides, there are issues that can be resolved between Twitter and the (Federal) Government and I think what they’ve done is not a ban but a suspension. So, in the period of suspension, let us sit down…we need to have that conversation with them (Twitter).

“In other climes, they sign some underlying agreements on the rules of engagement. I am not sure that is happening here. Having said that, the Federal Government can also handle things a lot better because of the number of e-commerce, because of the number of youths that are doing a lot of things on the internet and we cannot throw that away.

“I believe there could be better restrain and management from both sides. In the next one or two days, let us see that happen. Lagos is hurting, our youths are hurting, Nigeria is hurting, let us understand the issues and put it behind us so that we don’t politicize it.”