President Muhammadu Buhari has been under pressure after the Twitter ban in Nigeria, today the United States increases the pressure more through a message sent to him.
The US Mission in Nigeria has on Wednesday, conveyed the message of a top American official, Samantha Power to President Buhari.
Samantha Power is the senior diplomat who is the current Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said: “There are nearly 40 M Twitter users in #Nigeria, and the country is home to Africa’s largest tech hub.
“This suspension is nothing more than state-sanctioned denial of free speech and should be reversed immediately. #KeepitOn.”
Samantha Power was the 28th United States Ambassador to the UN from 2013 to 2017.
Recall that the federal government of Nigerian through its Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed announced the temporary ban of Twitter in Nigeria after Buhari’s tweet was deleted.
Buhari said that many of those misbehaving in the South-East region was young and did not witness the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the civil war.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand”, the former General warned.
After the deletion, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, condemned “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The government directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to start the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations.
NBC was also ordered to force broadcast stations – Television and Radio – to stop using Twitter or face the consequences.
The actions are being criticized by Nigerians, countries, local and international organizations.
Infoxclusive.com.ng also reported that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and concerned citizens filed a lawsuit against the Buhari administration over “the unlawful suspension of Twitter”.
The plaintiffs, in the suit filed by a legal luminary, Femi Falana (SAN), want an end to the criminalization of Nigerians using the microblogging site, the repression of human rights, freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom.
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