US Government To Buhari – 40 Million Nigerians Uses Twitter, Reverse Ban Now

US Government To Buhari - 40 Million Nigerians Uses Twitter, Reverse Ban Now
US Government To Buhari – 40 Million Nigerians Uses Twitter, Reverse Ban Now

 

 

The United States is now increasing pressure on the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari after the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.

 

 

On Wednesday, the US Mission in Nigeria relayed the message from the top US official, Samantha Power.

The senior diplomat is the current administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

 

Power said: “There are almost 40 million Twitter users in #Nigeria, and the country is home to the largest tech hub in Africa.

“This suspension is nothing more than a state-sanctioned denial of free speech and must be reversed immediately. #Keep it on. ”

 

 

Power was the 28th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017

Last Friday, federal authorities sanctioned Twitter indefinitely after Buhari’s tweet was deleted.

 

 

The President has said that many of those who misbehave in the southeastern region are young and have not witnessed the destruction and loss of life that occurred during the civil war.

 

 

“Those of us who are in the field for 30 months, who have gone through the war, we will treat them in the language they understand,” the former general warned.

 

After the removal, Information Minister Lai Mohammed condemned “the persistent use of the platform for activities that may undermine Nigeria’s business existence.”

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The government ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the licensing process for all OTT and social media operations.

NBC was also ordered to force broadcast, television and radio stations to stop using Twitter or face the consequences.

 

 

The actions are being criticized by Nigerians, countries, local and international organizations.

On Tuesday, the Socioeconomic Rights and Responsibility Project (SERAP) and interested citizens filed a lawsuit against the Buhari administration for “the illegal suspension of Twitter.”

 

The lawsuit filed by the legal luminary Femi Falana (SAN), want an end to the criminalization of Nigerians who use the microblogging site, the repression of: human rights, freedom of expression, access to information and freedom press.