The Nigerian government’s decision to shut down Twitter’s services has been widely criticized. Human rights organization ‘Amnesty International’ said that it condemns the government’s decision to ban that social media
President Mohammed Buhari of Nigeria
Nigeria Twitter Ban Latest News: The Nigerian government has suspended Twitter services across the country indefinitely, leaving millions of people unable to access Twitter on Saturday. The government says that anyone caught violating this rule will be prosecuted (Nigeria Twitter Ban). Twitter access has been blocked by networking mobile phones, but some users are still able to use Twitter. After which the spokesperson of the government has given information about the prosecution. The government took this step against Twitter when the tweet of the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari was removed.
Nigeria’s communications services organization ‘The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators’ said in a statement that its members had terminated Twitter’s services in accordance with government instructions (Nigeria Twitter President). On Friday, the Nigerian government said it was suspending the services of the “microblogging site” as Twitter removed the president’s tweet on the separatist movement. The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohamed, said government officials had decided to suspend Twitter’s services because the platform is being used “for activities that have the potential to undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence.” ‘
What did the President tweet about?
He criticized Twitter for removing the president’s post, saying “Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is questionable” and that Twitter had previously ignored inflammatory tweets against the country’s government. Significantly, in recent months, the Biafra separatist organization has been accused of attacking police stations and government buildings. The tweet of the President (Muhammadu Buhari) was related to this. In the tweet, Buhari had said that the separatists will be treated “in the language they understand”.
Twitter called the post objectionable
Twitter removed Buhari’s post on Wednesday, calling it objectionable. The government’s decision to shut down the services of Twitter is getting a lot of criticism (Nigeria Government Orders Prosecution of Violators). International human rights organization Amnesty International said it condemns the Nigerian government’s decision to block social media that the country’s people use to protect their rights, including freedom of expression and access to information.
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to immediately lift the illegal ban, abandon plans to control the media, and stop the human rights abuses of the people of the country,” Amnesty said in a statement. The US mission in Nigeria said that the country’s constitution gives the right to freedom of expression. Amidst all this, Twitter said in its response that it is extremely concerned about the action of the government. Also said that free and open internet is an essential human right in the modern era. According to estimates, 40 million people use Twitter in the country.
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