The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, maintained silence over the federal government’s decision to ban popular microblogging site, Twitter, from operating in the country.
This is in contrast to the decision of their counterparts at the House of Representatives to summon the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed over the #TwitterBan.
Members of the main opposition party, PDP, in the House also walked out of plenary after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, turned down an attempt to ask the federal government to review the #TwitterBan.
The federal government had, on Saturday, announced the “indefinite suspension” of Twitter operations in Nigeria – two days after the site took down a controversial tweet by the president. Twitter had said the tweet violated its rules and many Nigerians viewed it as a threat of violence against the Igbo ethnic group.
The announcement has generated outrage and condemnation from within and outside Nigeria. Many have described the ban as an attempt to gag the media, an attack on press freedom, freedom of expression and an attempt to pass the controversial Social Media Bill.