Amid Nigeria’s indefinite suspension of Twitter, foreign diplomats in the country have voiced the position of their respective countries concerning the development.
Earlier before giving the directive, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, said the “persistent use of the platform” by citizens was “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
In his reaction, Canada’s High Commissioner in Nigeria, Nicolas Simard, while silent on condemning FG’s actions against Twitter, stated that the federal government must be wary of suppressing free speech and that stakeholders must also be mindful of their rhetoric.
“Freedom of speech, used responsibly online and offline, and access to reliable information are fundamental human rights protected by Nigeria’s constitution and a cornerstone of democratic life around the world.
“These Human Rights should be fully protected, while preventing inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech that could fuel tension and conflict, “ he tweeted.
On its part, the Government of Sweden urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to respect critical views.
It held that the proof of democracy is when the powers that be avoid gagging the media or social media tools.
“Nigerians have a constitutional right to exercise their freedom of expression and a right to access of information. This must be respected. Safeguarding free, independent media and civic spaces for democratic voices is an important part of Sweden’s drive for democracy,” it tweeted.
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Abuja, Gill Atkinson, affirmed that Nigerians have the right to freedom of speech, but added that they also have the “responsibility not to misuse that right”.
“Any action taken by Government must be measured, proportionate and not suppress basic freedoms,” Atkinson tweeted.
Makinde assures igangan of Good Security
…….Visits families of victims,says he will empower local security, vigilante groups
Oyo State Governor ,Seyi Makinde On Tuesday, declared the he would do eve within his power to safeguard the lives of residents of the state in order to prevent a recurrence of violent attacks on igangan and other communities in the state ..
Governor Makinde made this declaration in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government, where he visited the families attacked , stating that the state would employ local security guards and vigilantes to ensure that insecurity becomes a thing of the past in Ibarapa Land.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,Mr Taiwo Adisa,indicated that Governor Makinde ,Who was in Igangan with top government functionaries and the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly ,Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin,deplored the loss of lives.
While speaking with the people of Igangan,
The Governor added that the government has been able to identify areas of lapses and implore the people to give his government the opportunity to address the situation and put in place the right architecture that will enable them to return to their normal lives without fear.
Governor Makinde ,Who promised that his government would work through the sad situation, together with the people of the community ,stated that “it is the last time such a bad occurrence would take place in Igangan.
“I urge you to give me that chance to make the issue of insecurity here become a thing of the past. Don’t take laws into your hands .We have identified where there are lapses and we supposed to be going to our farms by now because of the favourable weather. But hold me accountable ,I have nowhere to go not until we put things in place,which we think would work with time.
“It is not a situation where there is any magic we can do ,We have to work through this and work together through it. But I promise you,this is the last time anything like this will ever happen here. It is a promise I am making to you,and it is a promise I will come through with.
Governor Makinde urged the people of Ibarapa not to take laws into their hands and console all the families that lost their loved ones to this attack and give the government opportunity to resolve it and make the place better for them all.
[6:59 PM, 6/9/2021] Boss Work: 1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (middle); Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Debo Ogundoyin (right); Commissioner for Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperative, Mr Adeniyi Adebisi (second left); representative of Awolowo Family, Mr Olumide Oyediran (left) and Onido of Ido, Oba Muritala Gbolagade during the commissioning of rehabilitated/refurbished Ilaju Garri Processing Factory, Ilaju in Ido Local Government Area. PHOTO: Oyo State Government.
“I will not celebrate my 58th birthday”, see TB Joshua’s last words before his death
“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7
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As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”.
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Nigerians must imbibe peaceful coexistence, religious harmony, says Makinde as Sanusi Lamido visits gov
The governor, who spoke at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, during a visit by the former Emir of Kano, Sheikh Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who now leads the Tijaniyya Islamic Sect of Nigeria, said that without peace, justice and harmonious living, development may elude the country.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as praising the former Emir for being courageous to champion the course of peace, unity and harmonious existence at this critical time in the nation’s history.
The governor said: “In the South-West, we are so interconnected religious-wise that there is no family you won’t see a Muslim or a Christian in there.
“It, therefore, comes to nothing for any vested interest to want to divide us using religion.
“I usually tell my people here that those who think they can create divisions among us using religion should look for better things to do because it will not work in here.
“Just as we in Yorubaland have learnt to live peacefully together, I will recommend that you preach religious harmony to all parts of Nigeria, because that is a win-win situation for us all.
“As you journey through the country, preaching peace, in your role as leader of the Tijanniya Islamic Sect, please endeavour to always impress it on our people to imbibe religious harmony.”
The former Emir of Kano, Sheikh Sanusi, in his speech, told the governor that he was in the state to meet with members of the Tijaniyyah sect.
He said that he has taken it as his duty to do everything within his powers to preach peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
According to him, the Tijaniyyah sect, which he now leads, has a 70 million strong population, adding that the sect will continue to work for peace, unity and development in Nigeria.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion include the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Debo Ogundoyin, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Bayo Lawal and the chairman, Oyo State Advisory Board, Senator Hosea Agboola.
Others were Islamic clerics and top government officials.