OrderPaperToday – As criticisms have continued to trail the recent decision by the federal government of Nigeria to suspend operations of Twitter in the country, a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ben Igbakpa (PDP, Delta) has said the action of President Muhammadu Buhari was an impeachable offense as it violates section 38 of the 1999 constitution.
The action on Twitter has drawn the ire of the international community, civil society organizations (CSOs), business moguls, youth groups and some members of the National Assembly who have condemned the action describing it as dictatorial.
In a chat with OrderPaper Nigeria, Mr. Igbakpa said the country is going through a lot right now and more volatility should not be encouraged else the Parliament will be pushed to commence the process of impeachment on the President because “any violation of the Constitution is unpardonable.”
The outspoken lawmaker also urged the President to immediately reverse the order stating that the constitution allows for freedom of expression.
“The President and his handlers should immediately reverse the order because he has a right to quit the use of Twitter and he cannot drag all Nigerians to quit with him. Our constitution guarantees freedom of expression and should be respected.”
In an earlier post on his twitter handle, Mr. igbakpa, a first time lawmaker opined that the President decided to put his ego above that of national interest.
“The President put his we ego ahead of national interest. That is a different level of narcissism. I hope he and his cabinet know the revenue and economic implications of #twitterBanInNigeria. Every second of enforce this ban, thousands of Nigerians and companies lose jobs and money.”