Diplomatic Missions Condemn Nigerian Government Ban of Twitter, Proposed Social Media Registration

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The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have criticized Nigerian Government’s announcement suspending #Twitter and proposing the registration of social media platforms in Nigeria.

In a joint statement from them, they expressed strong support for the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world adding these rights apply online as well as offline and saying “Banning systems of expression is not the answer.”

The diplomatic missions contended that the measures taken by the Nigerian government 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.

They pointed out that 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.