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False Dichotomy Between an App and a Country

By Farooq Kperogi Twitter: @farooqkperogi A pro-regime apologist said he’d rather lose an app (i.e., Twitter) than lose a country. Nonsense!...

By Farooq Kperogi

Twitter: @farooqkperogi

A pro-regime apologist said he’d rather lose an app (i.e., Twitter) than lose a country. Nonsense! That’s called a false dilemma (or a false dichotomy) in logic. A false dilemma imposes an unnatural and deceptive limit on options. 

You can have both an app and a country—like many countries do. You can lose a country without an app—such as Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, etc. And you can simultaneously lose an app and a country, such as Buhari’s Nigeria seems pigheadedly moving towards.  

But if your country’s fabric is so brittle that it can be dismantled by the mere dissident chatter of disaffected citizens on an app, then you have no country to lose in the first place. If you really want a country, go do some work to have one so that mere insurgent chatter on an app can’t undo it. 

Start with building virile institutional safeguards against systematically excluding people from government on the basis of their ethnicity, political persuasion, region, or religion. Then you won’t be scared of the shadows of social media apps.

Every stimulus rouses a response. The stimulus that’s rousing Nigeria’s current raucous dissension is Buhari’s inept and exclusionary style of "ungovernance." Banning an app won’t change that fact.

1 comment

  1. Banning Twitter by FG is simply an egoism it seems to me. How can an app delete my tweet being a Nigeria president? 😂 Thats typical average Nigerian mental thinking approach and common with us. Once we get to a postion or wealthy, naturally that perception will spring up immedially. Thats Nigeria people for you.

    But i wont put all the blame on Mr President. His twitter handlers should have adviced him prior to the tweet. But i also believe they knew nothing about the twitter terms and conditions and probably they didnt read about it.

    Its their responsibility to also advise Mr President on implication on some of these statements with evidence of analytics. I believed they are incompetent becuase they are not competent enough to be there in the first place.

    This should serve as a lesson to them not to be placing friends and cronies in sensitive positions.


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