Groups, beneath the auspices of the Civil Society Consortium on Civic Space, have referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the suspension of the Twitter operation in Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, minister of knowledge, had introduced the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria on Friday.
The suspension of the social networking service within the nation got here days after Twitter deleted a publish by the President on the civil conflict expertise.
In an announcement collectively issued on Saturday, the teams stated it had opened a dialog with different teams to think about the following line of motion on the choice of the Nigerian authorities to shut the civic area.
They stated it was shameful that the Nigerian authorities, in its desperation to destroy the most important democracy in Africa, explored undemocratic means not simply to gag its residents however to subdue them.
The assertion learn, “The Civil Society Consortium on Civic Space received with consternation the news of the decision of the regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari to suspend Twitter in Nigeria.
“Over the years, Twitter has grow to be one of many drivers of freedom of expression, speech and Assembly not simply in Nigeria however worldwide. It is shameful that in its determined bid and dedication to destroy the most important democracy in Africa, the Federal Government of Nigeria is exploring undemocratic means not simply to gag its residents however to subdue them.
“The Buhari-led regime has consistently demonstrated its lack of temperament and intellectual capacity to govern a modern democracy where dissenting voices matter. He should either resign or let the citizens know that he has staged a coup against his own democratically elected government by announcing himself as a military junta; that way, we can deal with the administration as such.”
The teams stated criticism remained the bedrock of contemporary democracy, including that any president who doesn’t have the temperament to simply accept criticism from dissenting voices has no proper to be in energy.
They defined that the suspension of Twitter was not simply illegality however an assault on free speech and the rights of each citizen.
“According to Statista, 61.4% of about 28million social media users in Nigeria in 2020 use it for business, communication, entertainment, professional development, among others. Therefore, this ban on Twitter and the proposed regulation of OTT will not help businesses thrive in an already battered economy with no responsive leadership.
“The Federal Government, led by President Buhari, can’t proceed to choose and select which a part of the structure he desires to obey when he certainly swore to uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We, therefore, call on General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to immediately reverse the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria,” the teams added.
The teams embrace the African Centre For Information and Literacy (AFRICML), Global Rights Nigeria, Dataphyte, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Al-habibiyyah Islamic Society, Inibehe Effiong Chambers, Cross River Watch.
Others are the Nigerian Bar Association, Unity Bar, Advocacy Centre For Development, Network of Yobe Civil Society Organizations, Yobe Association of NGOs, Gombe State, Gombe Emirate Council, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy, Premium Times Centre For Investigative Journalism, International Centre For Investigative Journalism and others.