Following the Buhari regime’s lifting of the Twitter ban at 12 a.m. on January 13, 2022, the All Progressives Congress has urged its supporters to return to the platform and continue spreading the President’s and Party’s achievements.
This is as it charged Nigerians to create homegrown social media applications that could rival the micro-blogging platform.
John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, disclosed this on Friday in a statement titled ‘APC congratulates President Buhari and Nigerians for standing up to Twitter interference’.
What APC are saying
Akpanudoedehe wrote, “The All Progressives Congress salutes President Muhammadu Buhari and the patriotic citizens of our nation for standing firm against the interference of Twitter Inc. in Nigeria’s internal and national security affairs.
“Mr President indeed stood up for the sovereignty of our nation until Twitter acceded to all six demands of the Federal Government of Nigeria concerning their practises in matters concerning our country.
“We also applaud Twitter for allowing good reason and common interest prevail by agreeing to open their office in Nigeria. This is a win-win for all parties and will create jobs and gainful opportunities for Nigerians in the global digital space.”
By agreeing to enroll Nigeria in Twitter’s Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals, the APC said Twitter demonstrated its commitment to assisting Nigeria in combating crime and criminals on their platforms who violate both Twitter’s terms of service and Nigerian laws.
The Party, therefore, applaud the decision by the President to lift the suspension on Twitter’s activities in Nigeria saying, “We encourage our supporters to return to the platform and continue to spread the achievements of President Buhari and our great Party.
“Still, we should not rest on our oars. Russia has VKontakte, China has Weibo, among several homegrown social media platforms. Nigerians talented in developing social media/software applications are challenged to develop homegrown applications that can rival existing social media platforms and meet the needs of Nigerians.”
The APC charged social media platform operators to use their platforms to combat divisive and inciting rhetoric, particularly in Nigeria, where they bear a significant responsibility to combat fake news, disinformation, and hate speech.