US Demands Twitter Services Return To Nigeria

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Richard Ginika Izuora

The Government of the U.S. on Thursday, June 10, has made a passionate appeal to Nigeria to reverse its decision on suspension of Twitter operations in the country.

The U.S. Department of State in a statement by the spokesman, Ned Price said Nigeria should respect the right to free speech.

Oriental News Nigeria, reports that the Federal Government had last Friday suspended the operations of Twitter indefinitely due to its use for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of the micro-blogging social network, days after Twitter deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating its policy.

The U. S., however, advised the Federal Government to rescind the decision and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use it.

“The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather; and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.

“Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity,’’ the statement stated.

The U.S, therefore, called on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.

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