Obi (file photo)
By Valentine Amanze
Anambra State former Governor, Peter Obi, has commended the Nigeria’s government for lifting Twitter ban in the country, described it as a welcome development.
Obi, who spoke in Anambra State on Monday, pointed out that Twitter, as a tool of information and communication, plays a very vital role in the social and economic growth of the nation.
Obi said that many people especially small businesses, in Nigeria, depended on Twitter for their social interactions and marketing of their products.
“Lifting of the ban on Twitter is to the overall interest of the national economy,” he said.
Recalled that Obi had earlier spoken against the ban on Twitter, arguing that it was unfair of the government to be banning Twitter, in a year that Nigeria witnessed the lowest investment in telecoms and ict, the supposed future of the world.
He said that the government should be committed to attracting foreign investors, and should have avoided the Twitter ban, which contributed negatively to it.
“The government should be committed to attracting foreign direct investments and should have avoided the Twitter ban, which contributed negatively to it. This will only worsen our global perception index and make it more difficult for investors to come in,” he said.
Obi urged the government to be careful in future relationships with corporations like these and consider what Nigerians will go through as a result of such strained relationships.
He advised that any further disputes should be resolved within days and not allowed to linger to seven months as Twitter ban did.
He expressed hopes that with the lifting of the ban, businesses and institutions that depended on Twitter will receive a breath of fresh air and that Nigerians will maximize the opportunities provided by Twitter platform.