Hon. Yunusa Ahmad Abubakar, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, has claimed that one of the reasons Twitter’s operations in Nigeria were suspended was due to the terror group Boko Haram.
During an interview on Channels TV on Wednesday, Hon. Ahmad, a member of the House Committee on Loans, Aids, and Debt Management, claimed that Twitter was suspended because Boko Haram was allowed to ‘tweet.’
He stated that his constituents have suffered as a result of Boko haram’s activities, and that the Twitter ban should have come much sooner.
“My constituents have suffered defects of this Boko Haram and they have been using that Twitter, infact that banning should have come much much earlier. So to me my constituents have a relief now”.
Hon. Yunusa, who is from Gombe state, claimed that Twitter was escalating the Boko Haram insurgency, and when asked why he said so, the honourable house member replied;
“They have been allowed to be tweeting…the insurgents…They have been allowed to be tweeting”.
News reports recall that the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government suspended Twitter’s operation in Nigeria last week.
The suspension was announced a day after the microblogging platform deleted a tweet from the President’s handle for violating its terms and conditions.