Following the lifting of the ban on the microblogging site – Twitter on January 12, 2022, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde has expressed his hope that Nigerians would be ready to make the right choices during the forthcoming elections.
Makinde stated this in a tweet on Friday, January 14, 2022 via his Twitter handle, as he announced that he was taking down his tweet in which he opposed the Twitter ban imposed by the Federal Government.
In a series of tweets a day after the ban, Makinde had suggested that the federal government’s action against Twitter was not well thought out.
He emphaised that it is crucial for Nigerians to make the right choice at the polls as the 2023 general elections draw, noting that for every choice, there is a consequence.
His June 5, 2021 statement read in part: “As leaders, we should go beyond emotional reactions to issues and think about how our actions will affect the people we lead and our international ratings socially and economically.
“Twitter has become the platform for young people and indeed all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion. They use the platform to complain, argue and give feedback to the government and its agencies who in turn, use these to improve policies.
“This is a fundamental point that should be kept in mind as we debate the necessity of this suspension.”
He wrote, “As I take down my pinned tweet, which showed my unequivocal stand against the #TwitterBan which lasted 222 days, I’d like to remind us all that our choices have consequences.
“With the 2023 elections around the corner, I hope we are prepared to make the right electoral choices.”