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Nigeria’s Twitter ban disappointing – EU, UK, US, Canada


Nigeria's Twitter ban disappointing


Canada, the European Union, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, Saturday knocked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his government for suspending the ‘operations’ of microblogging site Twitter in Nigeria.

The countries in a statement explained that banning systems of expression is not the answer to solving the numerous challenges the country was facing. They said it only inhibits access to information and commerce.

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The statement is titled, ‘Joint Statement From The Diplomatic Missions Of Canada, The European Union (Delegation To Nigeria), The Republic Of Ireland, The United Kingdom And The United States Of America’.

It stated, “The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America convey our disappointment over the Government of Nigeria’s announcement suspending #Twitter and proposing registration requirements for other social media.

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“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline.

“Banning systems of expression is not the answer. These measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue and expression of opinions, as well as share vital information in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less, communication to accompany the concerted efforts of Nigeria’s citizens in fulsome dialogue toward unity, peace, and prosperity.