Amnesty International condemns suspension of Twitter by FG

Amnesty International condemns suspension of Twitter by FG

International human rights organisation, Amnesty International has criticised the federal government over its decision to suspend Twitter’s operation in Nigeria.

1st News had likewise reported that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed announced the indefinite ban placed on Twitter across the country.

According to Mohammed, the social media platform is being used for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

Towards this end, Amnesty International on Friday, June 4, implored the Buhari administration to reverse the unlawful suspension of Twitter as well as other plans to suppress the media, civic societies and undermine Nigerians’ human rights.

This was contained in its official Twitter page via a series of tweets.

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The statement condemned the action exhibited by the federal government; while stating that the action is incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations under the human rights policies that guide the country.

“Amnesty International condemns the Nigerian government’s suspension of Twitter in Nigeria — a social media widely used by Nigerians to exercise their human rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and access to information. #TwitterBan,” it tweeted.

“We call on the #Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress the civic space, as well as undermine Nigerians’ human rights. #TwitterBan.

“This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations, including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. #TwitterBan #Nigeria”.

Meanwhile, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has slammed social media reports; suggesting that he supports the agitation for the Yoruba Nation.

Soyinka made this clarification via a statement on Thursday, June 3; urging the general public to ignore the utterances of those he described as “contemptible interlopers” who lack the courage of their conviction; thus taking to Identity Theft for the furtherance of their views.

The statement also added that Professor Soyinka does not express his opinions on national issues on social media; except through print media.

“For a start, Wole Soyinka does not participate in Facebook; Tweet; Blog; WhatsApp; or other offerings of Social Media. Any views that he wishes to express on national and other issues; routinely go through the print media,” the statement partly reads.

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