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Why I support Buhari’s ban of Twitter – Ned Nwoko

Ned Nwoko, a billionaire businessman and former lawmaker, has announced that he is in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ban on microblogging platform, Twitter.

“On the current issue with Twitter in Nigeria, I wholeheartedly support the position of the Federal Government,” he said.

Nwoko said this while speaking at a June 12 lecture organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Abuja Council.

According to him, social media needs to be controlled and regulated in countries.

“There should be a measure of control and regulation for social media in countries where they have a presence,” he said.

Further giving reason for his support of Twitter ban in Nigeria, Nwoko stated that the social media platforms must pay taxes to governments and provide employment for some Nigerians for the over 100 million population that subscribed to their services.

Recall the Buhari-led government suspended Twitter indefinitely in Nigeria citing the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The government noted that social media platforms must also register and obtain licenses to operate in Nigeria.

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