Pro-democracy, good governance and human rights group, Concerned Nigerian, has condemned the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the president Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
A statement by the group’s convener, Comrade Deji Adeyanju, noted that the shutting down of internet and social media has increasingly become the available tool engaged by despotic governments the world over to gag the media and deny citizens of their fundamental human right of freedom of speech and expression.
He, however, urged president Buhari to rescind to the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria for democracy to reign.
According to him, “We condemn in strong terms, the suspension of Twitter operations by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Twitter and Internet shutdowns in general are increasingly becoming a tool for governments all over the world to silence media reporting and restricting the fundamental right of citizens to have free access to information.
It is worthy of note that Information is essential for the functioning of modern societies and access to information denotes the right of citizens to obtain information regarding how they are governed.
Freedom of Information Act allows openness and transparency in public governance, therefore, we urge President Buhari’s Federal Government of Nigeria to lift the ban on Twitter.”