Nigerians on social media have lampooned 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).
Below are some reactions from Twitter:
Now you know why Yemi Solade was talking like a Ponmo boy. ð #KeepitOn pic.twitter.com/jipkQtKkww
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) June 8, 2021
Yemi Solade is the real idiot, we’re sorry Desmond idiot ð
– Here’s Yemi’s phone number 0803308305. I just blasted him!
– Please retweet and #KeepitOn for Twitter people to visit him
– #Malami The President Osinbajo <
Fuck Fulani killers & bandits ð¡ð¡ pic.twitter.com/7DrmNmT95z
— Communicator â (@DE_COMMUNICATOR) June 8, 2021
Yemi Solade has proven beyond reasonable doubt heâs more stupid than Desmond Elliot.
— timi ðºð¸ ð¦ (@timiPR) June 8, 2021
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.
— Abey (@Abiodunstylux) June 8, 2021
Immediately Yemi Solade opened his mouth waaaa… I just saw his striking resemblance to Desmond Elliot…
— Naughty by Natureð (@Whizzhhee) June 8, 2021
@yemisolade @MrYemisolade … bra… we need to check you well regarding the statement you made about Twitter. We no send you work ooo. We knew you campaigned for bubu… and please stop being an educated Bubu.
— Francis Fama (@francisfama) June 8, 2021
Yemi Solade is a fool. With all his useless and mediocre movies, you don’t expect much from him…
— #EndSARS #Sarsmustendââ (@Dam_Faust) June 8, 2021
SaharaReporters, New York