The United States has cautioned the Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities over the latest suspension positioned on the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s data and tradition minister Lai Mohammed had on Friday introduced Twitter’s suspension in an announcement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
The suspension by the Nigerian authorities comes days after a publish by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 1967 civil battle was deleted by the microblogging platform.
The Nigerian authorities’s spokesman cited “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” as the rationale for the suspension.
A test by SaharaReporters within the early hours of Saturday confirmed that the platform isn’t any extra energetic inside the nation.
Reacting to the suspension in an announcement on Saturday, the US Mission in Nigeria mentioned such suspension undermines residents basic freedoms and likewise sends a fallacious message to buyers.
The assertion learn, “Nigeria’s structure gives for freedom of expression. The authorities’s latest #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ skill to train this basic freedom and sends a poor message to its residents, buyers and companies.
“Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms. As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been greater.
“The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity.”