Focus on better issues, Twitter is not food, lawmaker tells Nigerian youth

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By Henry Okonkwo

A House of Representatives member, Fatahu Muhammad, has defended the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.

The lawmaker representing Daura Federal Constituency of Katsina State insisted that social media needs to be regulated in the country.

The Federal Government has been criticised since June 4 after it suspended the operations of Twitter in the country.

Muhammad, who is from President Muhammadu Buhari’s constituency, expressed disappointment at Nigerian youth, saying Twitter was not food that the country needed.

The lawmaker said, “For God sake, what is social media? Are we eating social media? Let us go back to the resources, and harvest them, and let keep this thing aside, and face the real problem in Nigeria.

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“My colleagues have spoken the mind of their constituents. If I would speak the mind of my constituents, I would include the President, because out of 360 of us, I am the only one voted by the President. Look, Nigeria first, let us be honest to ourselves, let us call a spade a spade.

“We should please regulate the media.

“If the minister did not ban Twitter on the instruction of the President, the kind of insults to the sovereignty of Nigeria from the users of Twitter would be more than what we are facing.

“Let us tell ourselves the truth, Nigeria comes first. Sometimes, when I am reading tweets, I am disappointed with the youth (because) we are the future of Nigeria.”

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