A member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yunusa Ahmad Abubakar, alleged on Wednesday that Nigeria banned Twitter last week in part because the jihadist organization Boko Haram “have been allowed to be tweeting.”
“My constituents have suffered defects of this Boko Haram and they have been using that Twitter. In fact, that banning should have come much much earlier. So to me, my constituents have a relief now [sic],” Abubakar, who represents the Yamaltu/Deba constituency of eastern Nigeria’s Gombe state, told Nigeria’s Channels TV during an on-camera interview on June 9.
“Yunusa … claimed that Twitter was escalating the Boko Haram insurgency [in Nigeria]” during his interview, according to the Lagos-based newspaper Politics Nigeria. “[W]hen the interviewer asked why he said so, the honourable house member replied: ‘They have been allowed to be tweeting … the insurgents … They have been allowed to be tweeting [sic].’”
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