BREAKING: Peoples Democratic Party Lawmakers Challenge Buhari, Open Twitter Account After Staging Walkout On Tuesday
awmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the National Assembly have opened a Twitter account in defiance of the microblogging platform ban by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
This comes a few hours after members of the party in the House of Representatives staged a walkout over the action of the Nigerian government.
The lawmakers on Tuesday staged the walkout after its caucus leader Kingsley Chinda was ruled out of order by Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Chinda had prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to suspend the ban while the house conducts its investigation into the legality of the ban.
Chinda noted that the implication is that the ban would remain for 10 days and the rights of Nigerians would be kept in abeyance during the period of investigation.
The Speaker, however, cited part of the Standing Orders of the House stating that a matter that had been concluded by the parliament cannot be revisited for a debate.
The Speaker, therefore, ruled the lawmaker out of order, a decision that did not go down well with some members of the opposition who walked out of plenary.
Chinda also insisted that members of the PDP caucus in the House will continue to tweet in disregard to the ban.
Some other members kept shouting “continue to tweet, “continue to tweet”.
SaharaReporters gathered on Wednesday that a new Twitter account, @9thPDPCaucus has been opened by the lawmakers.
Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed had last Friday announced Twitter’s suspension in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
The suspension by the Nigerian government comes days after a post by President Buhari on the 1967 civil war was deleted by the microblogging platform.
The Nigerian government’s spokesman cited “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” as the reason for the suspension.
Source: Sahara Reporters
Over 159 Nigerians have been killed in five days – Amnesty
Over 159 people have reportedly been killed by bandits, herdsmen, robbers and other non-state actors in just five days, a report by Amnesty International shows. Amnesty made this known on their official Twitter handle, @AmnestyInternational on Tuesday evening.
The tweet read, “From Saturday, June 5, 2021, to date, more Nigerians have been killed: —Kebbi State: Danko-Wasagu 88 killed —Oyo State: Igangan 11 killed —Benue State: Agatu 30 killed —Zamfara: Zurmi 30 killed.”
This brings the total to 159 people killed due to the ravaging insecurity sweeping the country. In the comment section, Nigerians had berated the president for diverting attention from the raging insecurity in the country to ‘chase shadows’ with the Twitter ban.
@WajeEmmanuel, called the government “blood suckers.”
Similarly, @9jaWolex, tweeted, “Government only cares about personal fights with an independent American company, Tweeter, but fails to protect the lives and properties of its citizens which is the primary purpose of the Government.”
@BetaBae wrote, “Imo State is now a state of the blood of young people who had better dreams and hopes for the Nigerian nation but were arrested and taken for execution in some unknown location, while some were killed at the spot for being young… I weep for my nation.”
“Well they are more concerned about Twitter because they feel it is an opposition party to them,” @Olayiwolabalo said.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that bandits, herdsmen, others, had killed 394 and kidnapped 224 Nigerians in one month. Amnesty had, in previous tweets, urged the Federal Government to protect her citizens, following multiple attacks which have undermined the nation’s sovereignty and economy.