FG, Twitter should compromise soon – Oil Money record boss
International businessman and serial entrepreneur Alafaa Kariboye-Igbo, popularly known as Oil Money, has joined the growing voice of condemnation that flays the federal government of Nigeria for its ban of Twitter.
According to the CEO of the new record label in town, Oil Money Record, banning Twitter wasn’t a good move on the part of the government. “It is a big misstep, it’s not a good idea,” he mused.
Oil Money articulated further: “Most online campaigns are conducted via Twitter. The entertainment industry especially needs Twitter. So do other sectors of the economy, even politicians and political parties make use of Twitters, and as the election of 2023 is drawing near, this is the time Twitter is valuable.”
He is optimistic the Nigerian government and Twitter will soon compromise on this impasse. “Anyway, Twitter is too invaluable as a tool of communication for the government to ban it for long. Consider the many ways that Nigerians use Twitter including even the government itself.
The deadlock needs to be broken sooner than later. Even Twitter cannot afford to be locked out of its biggest market in Africa,” Oil Money rationalised.
Oil Money also appealed to Nigerians to refrain from abusing social media. “A lot of people use social media for negative purposes, such as trolling others and inciting their large followership to violence,” he noted.
According to him, Twitter has been used for good purposes including helping police investigation and rallying support and assistance for those in need and, therefore, should not be stereotyped as an instrument of destabilisation.
“It is unimaginable the economic loss that many individuals groups and organisations have incurred since the past few weeks that Twitter has been banned,” he observed, saying its time for the government to sheath its sword.”