Twitter Ban: We’ll Address Issue At Appropriate Time

The Nigerian Senate will address the issue on the ban of Twitter in Nigeria, the spokesman, Basiru Ajibola has said.

Speaking with journalists after plenary on Wednesday, Ajibola said the Senate has not considered the issue of Twitter ban but added that the issue will be addressed.

“If I express any opinion, it will be my personal opinion and there is the tendency that my opinion may be judged to be that of the Senate.

“So, I don’t have the mandate of the Nigerian Senate to talk on the issue of Twitter. I will exercise restraint and be on the cautionary note so that I will not be quoted as speaking for the Senate on the Twitter ban.

“However, journalists have access to the Attorney-General of the Federation to challenge him and come up with a legal basis for whatever action he has taken.

“When it comes to interpreting laws in Nigeria, the bulk stops at his table. To challenge his opinion, the way to go about it is to go to the court. I am not in a position to take him on his action.

“The basis for the Rule of Law is that there must be legal basis for the executive and legislative actions.

“It is when the Senate considers the issue at plenary that we will be able to have a full opinion that we can express to Nigerians. Senate will address the issue at the appropriate time,” Ajibola said.

On the issue of ethnic distrust, the lawmaker said that Nigerians should exercise restraint in making general assertions to the structure of governance of the country.

“I think with all sense of responsibility, we should exercise restraint in making general assertions. Yes the President is from a particular ethnic stock but the governance of the country has three arms of government: the executive, legislative and judiciary.

“And when you look at it statutorily, Nigerian government architecture as brought upon, it is even impossible to have what is called about fulanisation or yorubanisation of any arm,” he added.

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