The western world appears to be coming down hard on Nigeria using the recent ban of Twitter in the country to frown at the growing lack of freedom in the country.
They expressed disappointment with the federal government’s action and proposing registration requirements for social media, adding that they support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information.
Earlier, the United States mission in Nigeria said the recent suspension of Twotter undermines citizens’ fundamental freedom and also sends a wrong message to investors.
“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.”
In a sudden move on Friday over the deletion of comments made President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria.