The Twitter ban violates our human right - Desmond Elliot

 The Twitter ban violates our human right, FG should reverse


Nigerian filmmaker turned politician, Desmond Elliot, has learned his voice against the Federal Government’s decision to ban Twitter operations in Nigeria




On Friday the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, via a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria




The statement read, “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria




The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence




The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria



Early today, the Twitter ban took effect to the displeasure of many Nigerians especially celebrities who use the platform to communicate directly with their fans




In a Twitter thread, Elliot, the lawmaker representing Surulere at the Lagos State House of Assembly called on the federal government to reverse the suspension stating that the ban, ‘no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people





The legislator said I want to admonish our government to always remember that the people’s right to express themselves freely must not be compromised This ban, no matter the reasons proffered tramples upon our fundamental rights as people




Elliot reminded the government that Nigerian youths trade their wares and advertise their businesses and services via the micro-blogging site


He said, In a democratic society like ours, we must weigh the economic and social impact of this ban on the populace — especially our teeming youths and entrepreneurs who depend solely on this platform to carry out their legitimate business




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