Singer and politician, Bankole Wellington better known as Banky W, has described the Federal government’s decision to suspend Twitter operations in the country as a clueless move.
In a series of Tweets, Banky said the government cannot stop kidnapping and other vices plaguing the country but they can come out to ban Twitter.
He proposed that since the retirement age in Nigeria is 65, Nigerians should form the habit of not voting into office, politicians who are above 65.
His tweets read: ”Nigerian Government bans Twitter, and announce the ban ON Twitter. You can’t make this up. Clueless.
They can’t stop kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism… the country is as unsafe as ever… yet they can seize passports and block bank accounts of peaceful protesters. They ban cryptocurrency. They ban Twitter. Completely out of touch with the plight of young people.
The retirement age in Nigeria is 65. What if we decide not to vote for anyone over the age of 65? Regardless of party. If you’ll be over 65 at the time of elections, we won’t vote for you. It’ll at least eliminate an entire group that has had enough opportunities to fix this mess.
We did #NotTooYoungToRun. Can we consider doing #NowToOldToRule? If you’re over 65, you’ve had your chance to help fix this mess. Isn’t it time for that entire generation to rest? The Nigerian Government should not be a retirement home. It’s worth a thought. It’s worth a shot.
I know being young does not guarantee good leadership. But at least a younger crop of candidates reduces the possibility of us being stuck with leaders who are completely out of touch with young people. We can then focus on Competence, Character & Credibility. #NowTooOldToRule”
The Canadian and the British missions in Nigeria have expressed their concern over the federal government's ban on Twitter operations in the country.
Gill Atkinson, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, noted that Nigerian citizens have the right to freedom of speech and the federal government must not take actions that will suppress their human rights freedom.
“All Nigerians have the right to freedom of speech and the responsibility not to misuse that right. Any action taken by Government must be measured, proportionate and not supress basic freedoms,” @GillAtkinson11 tweeted
Also, the High Commissioner of Canada in Nigeria, Nicolas Simard, via his Twitter handle said, that freedom of speech is fundamental human rights protected by the constitution and a cornerstone for democracy across the world.