After losing their seats at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Nigeria’s Minister of State and Employment, Festus Keyamo has called out ‘Twitter senators’ for being active on social media but failed to return to the red chamber.
Senators Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani who lost their seats at the National Assembly are very active on social media platforms, including Twitter.
Melaye, who ran under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, lost to Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress. While Sani was defeated by Senator Sani Uba also of the APC in Kaduna Central.
“Have you noticed that all Twitter Senators are finally out of the Upper Chambers? It tells us that the world of real politics in Africa is not yet played on social media.
“Social media has not had a substantial impact on our politics. Real politics is different from social media,” he tweeted.
Have you noticed that ALL Twitter Senators are finally out of the Upper Chambers? It tells us that the world of REAL politics in Africa is not yet played on social media. Social media has not had a SUBSTANTIAL impact on our politics. REAL politics is different from Social Media
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) December 4, 2019