Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has found fault in the decision of the Federal Government to call for a meeting with management of Twitter after suspending the social media giant’s operation in the country.
Stressing that the meeting is a welcome development during an interview on Channels Television, he nevertheless added that it should have been called earlier to avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment that Nigerians were subjected to.
“The Federal Government meeting with Twitter is a good development but in many instances, they put the cart before the horse. I feel this should have been done earlier. The government protested when it was dissatisfied with certain developments. This kind of meeting would have been called much earlier and the embarrassment and inconvenience that Nigerians were subjected to would have been totally avoided. But I think it is a good development that both sides are going to meet.”
On legality of ECOWAS’ involvement in the matter, Falana said;
“In the 60s and 70s it was convenient for dictators in Africa to plead sovereignty that nobody should interfere with our internal affairs but in these days and times, one countries have submitted part of their sovereignties to international bodies, in this case the ECOWAS, Nigeria has ratified the protocols establishing the court as well as the supplementary project, it is therefore too late to rush back home and say we are independent, we are sovereign nation”.
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