The United States, US, government has reacted to the ban on the operations of micro-blogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria by the Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The US mission in Nigeria, in a statement, cautioned the Nigerian government against it’s decision against Twitter.
Recall that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed had, in a statement on Friday, said that Nigeria has banned the operations of micro-blogging site, Twitter for “promoting activities that undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
However, in a statement by the United State’s Mission in Nigeria, it said, in keeping with the stand of the United States president, Joe Biden, that Nigeria’s ban on the operations of Twitter in Nigeria is against the fundamental human rights of the citizens as well as hampers economic opportunities for Nigeria.
According to the statement:
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”