Presidency has explained reasons why the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is angry with the federal government over the Twitter ban.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu in a statement said the ban has curtailed their ability to use the platform to spread fake news.
He said: “And, of course, the PDP grieve over the Federal Government’s action over Twitter – for it represents the curtailment of their ability to use the platform to spread fake news and invented stories to the detriment of community and good-neighbourliness between the peoples of Nigeria.
“The PDP Governors propose no solutions to any of our nation’s challenges in the face of COVID and global economic downturn: instead, they grasp for more money and mourn their lack of access to social media to spread falsehoods and hate.
“Their statement is evidence, if any were needed, as to why the President and the APC ended the PDP’s one-party rule in 2015, were re-elected by an increased margin in 2019, and why their winning trend is set to continue far into the future.”
Shehu said the PDP Governors’ Forum communiqué was a spectacular demonstration to the people of Nigeria as to why this party and its representatives should not be entrusted with national leadership of the country any time soon.
In bemoaning the decision by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) not to make contributions to the Federation Account, he said the governors appear to believe NNPC can spend the same money twice: once on the petroleum subsidy – which they all support – and then on their states via the federation account.
The presidential spokesman further explained that NNPC is a trustee for the nation and this means it must manage its finances with prudence and for the long-term to safeguard the financial support it bestows on the country.