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TwitterBan: We are disappointed in Nigeria’s Govt – EU, US, UK, others
 
By: Cletus Sunday Ilobanafor
Sat, 5 Jun 2021   ||   Nigeria,
 

Nigeria-Saturday 05 June :The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) have expressed disappointment in the government of Nigeria for suspending use of Twitter in the country.
CEOAFRICA reports the diplomatic missions expressed  disappointment over the suspension placed on the micro blogging platform in a joint statement released on Saturday.
According to the diplomatic missions in the joint statement, the path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less, communication to accompany the concerted efforts of Nigeria’s citizens in fulsome dialogue toward unity, peace and prosperity.
The joint statement reads: “The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America convey our disappointment over the Government of Nigeria’s announcement suspending #Twitter and proposing registration requirements for other social media.
“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline. Banning systems of expression is not the answer. These measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue and expression of opinions, as well as share vital information in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less, communication to accompany the concerted efforts of Nigeria’s citizens in fulsome dialogue toward unity, peace and prosperity. As Nigeria’s partners, we stand ready to assist in achieving these goals”.

 

 

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