Buhari at shock as US, UK, EU, Canada, condemn Twitter ban

Banning Twitter is not the way forward - UK, US, EU, Canada


twenty-four hours after taking one of the most lampooned decisions since he came into power six years ago, there is no respite for Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as world superpowers on Saturday flayed his government over the suspension of the ‘operations’ of microblogging site Twitter in the West African country



In a joint statement, Canada, the European Union, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America said banning systems of expression is not the way forward


The statement was titled, Joint Statement From The Diplomatic Missions Of Canada, The European Union (Delegation To Nigeria), The Republic Of Ireland, The United Kingdom, And The United States Of America




It read 

The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America convey our disappointment over the Government of Nigeria’s announcement suspending Twitter and proposing registration requirements for bothering social media


We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline



Banning systems of expression is not the answer these measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue and expression of opinions, as well as share vital information in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic



The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less, communication to accompany the concerted efforts of Nigeria’s citizens in fulsome dialogue toward unity, peace, and prosperity


As Nigeria’s partners, we stand ready to assist in achieving these goals



Naijasays had earlier reported that Twitter deleted a controversial civil war post by Buhari.

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