Former Governor Peter Obi, has described the recent lifting of the ban on Twitter by the Federal Government, as a welcome development.
Speaking to journalists in Anambra at the weekend, Obi explained that Twitter, as a tool of information and communication, plays a very vital role in the social and economic growth of the nation.
Obi stated that many people especially small businesses, in Nigeria, depended on Twitter for their social interactions and marketing of their products. He noted that the lifting of the ban on Twitter is to the overall interest of the national economy.
It will be recalled that Obi had earlier spoken against the ban on Twitter. He argued 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 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 encouraged that any further disputes should be resolved within days and not allowed to linger to 7 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.