The Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) has stated it’ll sue the Nigerian authorities over its suspension of Twitter indefinitely.
The Nigerian Government on Friday suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, introduced the suspension in a press release signed by his Special Assistant Segun Adeyemi citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The Minister stated the Federal Government had additionally directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to instantly begin the method of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
The improvement comes after Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet the place he threatened to deal with Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand”.
Buhari had in a tweet on Tuesday acknowledged that his authorities would get “harder” on these hell-bent on destroying the nation.
Following widespread condemnation of the tweet, Twitter deleted the message on Wednesday.
The platform stated the message by the Nigerian President violated its guidelines.
SERAP, shortly after the federal government’s suspension, tweeted, “We’re suing Nigerian authorities over their ILLEGAL indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.
“Nigerians have a proper to freedom of expression and entry to info together with on-line, and we plan to combat to maintain it that means.
“@NigeriaGov, we’ll see you in court.”