The Nigerian Bar Association and human rights group, Concerned Nigerians have condemned the Nigerian authorities for suspending the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria.
According to the NBA, there is no such thing as a constitutional authority to help the Federal Government’s indefinite suspension of Twitter.
The indefinite suspension of the location got here after it deleted a remark by President Muhammadu Buhari wherein he made reference to the Nigerian Civil War of 1967.
In a press release by the President of the Association, Olumide Akpata, the NBA argued that Nigeria is working a constitutional democracy and every part have to be accomplished in line with regulation.
It additional argued that authorities have to be carried out inside the framework of recognised guidelines and ideas which limit discretionary energy.
NBA additional famous that the indefinite suspension of the location has implications on the best of Nigerians to freely specific their constitutionally assured opinions by means of the medium.
It additionally said that the Federal Government’s directive is an try to manage social media, limit freedom of speech and shrink the civic area.
The assertion learn, ”The Nigerian Bar Association has famous with nice concern the extraordinary determination of the Federal Government to droop the operations of Twitter in Nigeria and, by mandatory implication, the best of Nigerians to freely specific their constitutionally assured opinions by means of that medium.
”The FGN additionally directed the @NgComCommission to instantly begin the method of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria, which is, at greatest, one more disguised try to manage social media, limit freedom of speech and shrinking civic area.
“Whether one likes it or not, we’re working a constitutional democracy, the first consequence of which is that every part have to be accomplished in line with regulation; authorities have to be carried out inside the framework of recognised guidelines and ideas which limit discretionary energy.
“The Nigeria Bar Association finds no constitutional or authorized authority to help the peremptory motion of the Federal Government to droop the operations of Twitter in Nigeria. Beyond the dent in our constitutional democracy, at a time when the Nigerian economic system is unarguably struggling the impression of arbitrary choices equivalent to this on investor confidence is best imagined.
“Consequently, if this decision is not immediately reversed, the Nigeria Bar Association will have no choice but to challenge same in the interest of the public and for the sake of our democracy.”
Similarly in a press release signed by its convener, Comrade Deji Adeyanju on Friday, Concerned Nigerians described the suspension as a ploy to stifle freedom of speech of Nigerians as entrenched within the Constitution.
The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to elevate the ban.
“We condemn in robust phrases, the suspension of Twitter operations by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Twitter and Internet shutdowns on the whole are more and more turning into a device for governments everywhere in the world to silence media reporting and limiting the elemental proper of residents to have free entry to info.
“It is worthy of observe that Information is crucial for the functioning of recent societies and entry to info denotes the best of residents to acquire info concerning how they’re ruled.
“Freedom of Information Act allows openness and transparency in public governance, therefore, we urge President Buhari’s Federal Government of Nigeria to lift the ban on Twitter,” the assertion mentioned.