Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said it is hypocritical for the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to contemplate banning or regulating social media after using it to hoodwink Nigerians to attain power.
He argued that the APC-led government has miserably failed, and wants to use its disagreement with Twitter as a false premise to suppress criticism of the administration’s appalling handling of the affairs of the nation through dubious regulation of social media.
Wike, spoke on Thursday night during the inauguration of nine reconstructed streets, including Nzimiro, Herbert Macaulay, Amassoma, Arochukwu, Atako, Ogoja, Akure, Yola and Chinwo, all in Old Government Residential Area of Port Harcourt.
The governor noted that ruling party, having become the butt of jokes on social networks, is desperate to trample on freedom of expression of Nigerians.
He said: “You have misled the country. You told us lies through social media. The same social media that you used to take over 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.
“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?”
Wike stated that the kidnap of scores of students at Federal Government Girls College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State on Thursday, was a further demonstration of APC’s gross ineptitude to guarantee safety of lives and property of Nigerians.