Ban on Twitter opportunity to create an indigenous replica, says don

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Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, Director, Center for Atmospheric Research, National Space Research and Agency (CAR-NASRDA), says the ban Twitter by the Federal Government, presented an opportunity to develop an indigenous replica of the .

Rabiu, therefore, called Information Communication Technology () experts and app developers to rise to the occasion and create a indigenous replica of the , in an interview he granted to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Sunday.

Reacting to the ban, Rabiu said although the ban had generated lots of reactions across board, there were benefits in the .

“This is a great opportunity to make good and cool legitimate business a social such as this.

“I feel that the sector in Nigeria is ripe enough to produce and offer an equivalent of Twitter services to Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

“If some app developers can come something very meaningful within the coming days, it will be a for the sector and even if Twitter comes back, it will be like a competition.

“Africa is waiting for Nigeria, one quarter of Africa’s , and this is where the market is,” Rabiu said.

According to him, we are technologically capable of coping with the situation and to take advantage of it.

He called on Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora to rise to the challenge, adding that nationhood was bigger than any individual.

“We should use this opportunity to develop our country socio-economically. When we have our own produced indigenously, the tax will go to the Nigerian government, we will employ , there be offices in the geo-political zones or few locations of the country.

“When we develop ours, we will have Nigeria exporting this technology-driven service to other African countries and the community as a whole.”

NAN recalled that the Federal Government suspended Twitter indefinitely on , June 5, two days after the company removed a Tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, for alleged violation of the site’s rules.

A statement by the Federal Government accused Twitter of allowing the use of its platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

In the statement, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, also directed the immediate commencement of the licensing of all Over The Top (OTT) social operations in the country.