Twitter to NG Government- Twitter pushes back on the federal government’s ban, Sweden warns Buhari’s Government.
“Respect freedom of expression”.
As a response to the controversial tweet made by the president of the federal republic of Nigeria the microblogging social platform had to effect an immediate removal of such tweet simply because it went against standards.
Not everyone went back home happy with this tagged audacious move by Twitter as the federal Government dabbled in bewilderment with some portion of them suggesting, Twitter being in support of the anarchy that summarized the burning of buildings, destruction of properties as well as maiming of individuals, blood lust and lost of life’s which was rightly carried out by southeast agitators.
As a counter-response, the federal government ordered the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, this was made public by the minister of information Lai Mohammed as he said that Nigerians were using Twitter to perpetuate activities hostile to the cohesive existence of Nigeria.
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Hours ago Twitter clapped back describing this as an infringement on human expression as something that defeats the whole idea of fundamental human right, to appropriate such an unfavorable situation for users Twitter urged all active users to opt for a virtual private network to enable them once more use the platform and make their economic as well as their political engagements a continuum amid subsisting through the cooperate push back insured by the government.
Twitter in a released statement relayed that;
We advise all users of Twitter and other social media platforms in Nigeria to download virtual private networking(VPNs) to enable them to continue to use the platform…”
“Today, the 4th of June 2021, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced its suspension of twitter operations, that the application can be used as a platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence…….
“Many Nigerians read the announcement of the ban on Twitter as a reflection of the importance of the platform and other digital platforms to Nigerians in accessing information and discriminating the same.
In the bid to announce why the suspension of twitter in Nigeria is inappropriate the Twitter initiative didn’t fail to circle out the already marked abuse on the rights of Nigerians not just the freedom of expression but a host of other rights guaranteed in the Nigerian 1999 constitution (amended)
“…..the African charter on human and people’s rights and the international covenant on civil and political rights. This suspension, which is a reaction of the Nigerian government to the company’s enforcement of its platform rules, is aimed at insulating the government from criticism, especially by Nigeria’s youth who are over 70% of the country’s population”.
While buttressing all their assertions, the social platform unveiled the “2016 United Nations resolution” that affirms all fundamental human rights enjoyed offline must also be available online, coincidentally, in the presence of God and man this resolution was co-sponsored by Nigeria.
Relatively, The European Swede community reacted in a matter that shows utter disdain to the response of the Buhari Government, in a tweet on her official handle, the European country called on Muhammadu Buhari to respect “freedom of expression”. Saying that Nigerians retain a constitutional right of exertion to freedom of expression and a right to access information.
The tweet reads
“Nigerians have a constitutional right to exercise their freedom of expression and a right to access information”
“This must be respected, safeguarding free independent media and civil space for democratic voices is an important part of Sweden’s drive for democracy”.