Popular lawyer and activist, Mike Ozekhome has criticised the decision of the federal government to prosecute persons who violate the ban on the use of Twitter, a microblogging service.
This was stated by Ozekhome in response to a statement credited to attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.
Recall that Malami on Saturday ordered the prosecution of anyone violating the ban on Twitter – the AGF’s order came after the federal government suspended the operations of Twitter on Friday.
Twitter was suspended after it pulled down a tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Despite the suspension of the microblogging site by the federal government, many Nigerians have been able to access Twitter by using the virtual personal network (VPN).
In a statement on Sunday, Ozekhome said the federal government should be ready to imprison many Nigerians, adding that using Twitter isn’t a crime.
“How I wish that Malami’s APC Government has displayed such alacrity and sense of urgency on the grave insecurity challenges of the country; the parlous economy and the mounting corruption ravaging our land,” he said.
“Malami did this with Lai Mohammed apparently being aware that many knowledgeable Nigerians had started to use different Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to clearly bypass the blockage. This government must be ready to build thousands of prisons across all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria so as to accommodate the deluge of ‘erring’ Nigerians.
“This government does not appear to have weighed carefully the serious implications of its actions and the likely ricocheting effects. Many Nigerians run global businesses with links and business partners across the world. They carry on business using the social media of twitter.