At a time the South East is boiling, especially Imo State, with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), pushing harder their secessionist agenda, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is busy chasing shadows.
It is utterly sad that it is only those in the government that are not aware that Nigeria is on the precipice of war. It is strange how they keep deceiving themselves even when it is obvious that the indices of a failed state are right before us, all because of the glaring display of leadership deficit.
It is also baffling how the government sees wrong in everything anyone or group does or say, not minding if it is for their own good and that of the country.
This has been a consistent attribute of the government which is why it is quick to dish out blames over its own embarrassing failures. It is either they are blaming past leaders or opposition politicians.
Twitter has become their new target. They have banned the social media giant simply because they took down an offensive post made by Buhari which violates rule number 4 of their operations that borders on safety and freedom.
If the many sins of the government are pardonable, this one is not. It is the height of intolerance to objective intentions and a new attempt to stifle the right of freedom of expression by Nigerians.
Like Twitter said in their solidarity message to Nigerians, “access to free and open internet is an essential human right in any modern society”. They don’t know this because the man who orchestrated the ban is a 70 year old analogue minister.
It was the same loquacious minister who in April this year shamelessly blamed journalists and last year’s #EndSARS protesters for Twitter’s choice of Ghana as its headquarters in Africa.
Whereas the social networking service said it settled for Ghana because the West African country is a champion of democracy, citing the country’s “support for free speech and online freedoms”.
What is even more annoying is the arrogant manner the government is justifying its action and the disdainful order by the “Spare Parts” Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the arrest of any Nigerian still using the microblogging site.
One should expect that with the massive outrage and condemnation that has greeted its action, the Buhari-led government will rescind the decision and lift the ban on Twitter. It is the honourable thing to do, to save the country from further embarrassment and ridicule.
We are happy with the level of solidarity that the issue has generated from across the world and the government should know what that means.
This is one action that the people of Nigeria will challenge till it is reversed. And if the government insists, it will only mean that there is no more any reason to refer to it as a democratic administration.
Also, we advise that rather than dissipate such energy on Twitter, it should do so to tackle the rising and scaring inflation and unemployment rate in the country. Tackle banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping and other sundry crimes that have made Nigeria a hell to live and do business in.