Nyesome Wike, Rivers State Governor has reportedly stated it is hypocritical for APC to contemplate banning or regulating Social Media after using it to hoodwink Nigerians to attain power.
He reportedly argued that the APC-led government has failed and wants to use its disagreement with Twitter to suppress crcriticism of his administration, by regulating Social Media.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri on Friday.
The statement read that, “You have misled the country. You told us lies through social media. The same social media that you used to take over the government, the same social media you want to regulate and ban. The same social media you used to tell Nigerians lies of how former President Goodluck Jonathan did not do this, how PDP did not do that.”
It added that, “Now, you want the same social media to be regulated. You don’t want freedom of speech. Now, you want to gag them. Did anybody gag you when you were using them?”
Governor Wike also alluded to the the kidnap of students at Federal Government Girls College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State on Thursday, stating that the APC led government could not guarantee the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.
According to him, “You wake every morning to hear 20 people have been kidnapped; 30 people have been kidnapped and people are telling us to keep quiet. Is it when they have kidnapped your own daughter?”
He also stated that, “No governor has the power or any role to appoint even a Commissioner of Police. And then you are telling me that we have not proffered any solution. What solution do you want us to proffer? When you have taken your oath of office that you are going to guarantee the lives and property of Nigerians.”