US Sends Strong Message To Buhari Over Nigeria Twitter Ban

The Federal Government of Nigeria had previously announced that Twitter, a microblogging and social networking website, had been stopped indefinitely in Nigeria.

This online news outlet understands that Twitter was suspended in Nigeria after ’s message threatening genocide was removed from the microblogging site.

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On Tuesday, Twitter removed a message by President. The attacks on police stations, jails, and the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, particularly in the South-East, were criticised by the President, who warned that those who encourage insurgency and violence in the country will be startled.

“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the carnage and loss of life that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,” the President tweeted. Those of us who spent 30 months in the fields and lived through the conflict will speak to them in their own language.”

Ejes Gist  Nigeria gathered that the Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has slammed Twitter for supporting insurgency in the country since last October’s #EndSARS protests, which resulted in the loss of lives and property across the country.

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In response, the minister announced in a statement on Friday that the Buhari government had suspended Twitter’s operations in the country.

“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking site, Twitter, in Nigeria,” according to a statement titled, “FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria.”

“In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension, citing the platform’s continued use for activities that threaten Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The US Mission in Nigeria, on the other hand, issued a statement on Saturday condemning the ban, saying that the Federal Government’s decision to ban the microblogging site in Nigeria “undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors, and businesses.”

Read US statement on Nigeria Twitter ban

The statement reads as thus; “Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The Government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses.

“Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms.

“As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been greater.

“The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity,” the statement added.


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