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UNITED STATES MISSION CAUTIONS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT OVER TWITTER BAN

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By Paul O. Adeniyi

The United States Mission in Nigeria has cautioned the Federal Government on it’s temporary suspension of the activities of social media platform; Twitter.

In a statement of Saturday evening, the mission stated that the ban “undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses”.

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It noted that “the path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity.”

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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. 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.

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