Rapper Ruggedman whose real name is Michael Ugochukwu has tackled former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba over his comment on Twitter ban in the country.
The government had announced the indefinite suspension of the social media service on Friday due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
In an Instagram live session hosted by PepperRoom, a reality TV, the former presidential aspirant joined Ruggedman and Seyi Law to discuss the government’s Twitter ban.
During the session, Garba described Twitter as an “insurrectionist tool” for fuelling unrest in Nigeria rather than being a platform for freedom of expression.
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He also maintained his earlier stance that the suspension of the US-based social media service was a welcome development.
“Twitter is not a social media app, Twitter is an insurrectionist tool that is aiding and abetting Nnamdi Kanu and his terrorist IPOB commanders to be able to destroy the Nigerian space. Twitter has long ceased to be a social media platform of freedom of expression,”
He added that there’s a need to regulate the use of the social media service in Nigeria.
“What we need to do is to make them regularise it. Ask them to come and regularise, register in Nigeria, have an office in Nigeria, have an address, and pay Nigerian tax.”
But reacting, Ruggedman, faulted Garba’s position, noting that the suspension has left many people unemployed.
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The rapper also said that the suspension has made it difficult for the citizens who depend on the platform to share experiences about irregularities in the society.
“Now we have thousands of young innocent Nigerians who did not do anything wrong but because of what happened in the street are in the police custody,” he said.
“Right now, we have thousands of young innocent men and women in cells being extorted and can’t do anything about it. Did anybody think about it? Now we have thousands of Nigerians who on a normal day have accidents and things that happen on the streets and the fastest way they can get help is through Twitter.”
When he recalled how Adamu Garba began promoting his own ‘social media platform’ after the Twitter ban was announced, the former presidential aspirant chipped in that he is a “businessman”.
Firing back at him, Ruggedman stressed that it was ill-timed and further stated that Garba shouldn’t be heartless even though he is a businessman