The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has condemned in strong terms the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria, saying the ban is uncalled for, while appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider his decision.
The Association made its position known through a statement signed by the its president, Mr Samson Oki.
Oki has reminded the Federal Government that though there are unsavory elements on the app, the gains of the platform is greater than its minuses. He therefore, appealed to the Buhari-led administration to rescind its decision and restore operations of the microblogging site.
“Twitter has not become a medium of communication exchange in recent times, but also a veritable market place, where businesses are contracted and executed with diligence so banning it within the Nigerian space will further impoverish more Nigerians, who somehow has carved a niche for themselves.
We therefore appeal to Mr President to weigh the actions on a balance, and kindly call back the order,” he said.
The NAOSNP president also called on the Nigerian public to give peace a chance as regards the manner of posts they unleash in the public domain as not intimidate or offend the conscience of another because the social media is a public space.
“We also seek to call to order the Nigerian public, and prevail to take warning as regards online publications. At NAOSNP, we insist on the publication of verified and authenticated news and stories, and urge other association’s and media platforms to follow suit.
“Fake news is synonymous with our society, and we must do everything within our powers to fight against it,” Oki reasoned.
NAOSNP is an integrity based Association of online security news publishers, and has been in the forefront of deseminating facts in graphics and figures.