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Nigerians Lambast Actor, Yemi Solade For Backing Buhari-led Government On Twitter Ban
Many angry Nigerians on social media have blasted veteran actor, Yemi Solade, for backing the Muhammadu Buhari-led government on the recent Twitter ban.
Solade had in an interview with GoldmyneTV described the move as the “best decision the Presidency could have made”.
The actor stated that the microblogging platform went too far by insulting Buhari and by extension, all Nigerians.
He said, “This is not the first time Twitter will try to humiliate Nigeria. It happened to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome some years back. I think the white supremacist and imperialist tendencies should be curbed sometimes.
“As much as I am of the opinion that everybody has a right to expression and thoughts, but when a platform is used to want to ferment trouble and project anarchy, there should be rules regulating such practices. In this case, a lot happens on Twitter.
“I am not really a Twitter fan; I do little on Twitter. I would want to align with that school of thought that says Twitter was not really helping. Nigeria has so many problems to contend with and Twitter was not really helping the country.
“I support my President this time around though. I am not trying to doublespeak, but I think it is a two-way thing. The best the Presidency could do has been done for now. We don’t know how long, but we hope the issue will be resolved and Twitter will begin to function in Nigeria.”
Reacting to the statement, Nigerians on Twitter blasted the actor, describing him as a lackey and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Now you know why Yemi Solade was talking like a Ponmo boy” @ayemojubar wrote
“Yemi Solade has proven beyond reasonable doubt he’s more stupid than Desmond Elliot” @timiPR wrote
“So sad that Yemi Solade will make uninformed response like that on twitter ban. Someone like him Yoruba refer to as Oponu Agba.
“We are yet to find way forward with silly Desmond Elliott and this one show brainless face” wrote @Abiodunstylux
“Yemi Solade is a fool. With all his useless and mediocre movies, you don’t expect much from him…” wrote @Dam_Faust