Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for banning Twitter in Nigeria indefinitely.
The Federal Government on Friday suspended, indefinitely, the operations of microblogging and social networking service, Twitter.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi.
The minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria, it added.
Reacting while speaking to Daily Post on Saturday, Sheikh Gumi urged the Buhari government to be mature in accepting criticisms.
He stressed that social media platforms have allowed both the government and the citizens to always state their sides on issues.
According to Gumi: “The Federal Government should show more maturity in its actions, they can’t fight the media. The Federal Government should have a wide chest to accept criticism.
“They should not fight the media; platforms like Twitter, Facebook and other social media have given people the opportunity to hear from both sides.
“The Federal Government should try to be honest, frank and to engage. Government should have a wide chest not to allow delinquent youths to anger it into massacring people. The government should express such maturity to allow criticism and act accordingly.”