FG did not ban Twitter, it’s a suspension – Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on the Federal to handle the Twitter standoff better, adding that e-commerce has been affected by the suspension of the micro-blogging site in Nigeria.

“People are losing money but there are also security issues. Let us be circumspect and not throw the baby away the bathwater,” Mr Sanwo-Olu stated this on Monday on Arise TV’s The Morning Show.

The governor added that although he could not say if the suspension was right or wrong, he felt the Federal could establish rules of engagement Twitter.

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

“What I see is that on both sides, there are issues that be resolved between Twitter and the (Federal) 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 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 from both sides. In the next one or two days, let us see that happen. Lagos is hurting, our youths are hurting, is hurting, let us understand the issues and put it behind us so that we don’t politicise it.”