I Appeal To The Government To Reconsider The #TwitterBan – Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot calls for ban on foreign movies in Nigeria
Popular actor and filmmaker turn politician, Desmond Elliot, joins other Nigerian politicians to call on the Federal Government to reconsider the current Twitter ban place on the micro-blogging social media app banning its operations in Nigeria.Desmond Elliot

On Friday the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, via a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
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At midnight Saturday morning, June 5th, the Twitter ban took effect to the displeasure of many Nigerians especially celebrities who use the platform to communicate directly with their fans.

Desmond Elliot Calls For Ban On Foreign Movies In NigeriaIn a Twitter thread, Desmond Elliot, the lawmaker representing Surulere at the Lagos State House of Assembly called on the federal government to reverse the suspension stating that the ban, ‘no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.’

The legislator said, “I want to admonish our government to always remember that the people’s right to express themselves freely must not be compromised. This ban, no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people.”

Desmond Elliot reminded the government that Nigerian youths trade their wares and advertise their businesses and services via the micro-blogging site.
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He said, “In a democratic society like ours, we must weigh the economic and social impact of this ban on the populace — especially our teeming youths and entrepreneurs who depend solely on this platform to carry out their legitimate business.

“In the past, our government have shown the required goodwill to stand on side of the people even when it’s not too convenient for them to do so. I believe that this won’t be an exception. I want to appeal to the government to reconsider this ban in the interest of our people and our country at large.” 

Desmond ElliotMeanwhile, the politician has come under fire several times on Twitter after some of his comments did not sit down well with Nigerian youths.

For instance, in October 2020, during the #EndSARS protest, Desmond Elliot was heavily criticized for allegedly supporting Anti-Social Media Bills in Nigeria; an allegation he earlier denied when the news first filtered in via social media.

However, in a viral video that still circulates all over the internet, he was seen criticizing social media users and influencers, emphasizing that if the Nigerian state doesn’t stop social media, it will destroy the country.

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