Twitter pledges to restore access in wake of FG’s ban on usage

Twitter pledges to restore access in wake of FG’s ban on usage

Social media network Twitter on Saturday, June 5, stated that it was working to restore access to those affected by the Federal Government’s suspension of its services in Nigeria.

The Federal Government announced the suspension on Friday after Twitter had deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s official account.

“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria,” Twitter tweeted.

“Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.

“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn.”

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), an industry group, confirmed it had received directives from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter.

The President of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

Mr Adebayo also noted that the association wished to confirm that its members had received formal instructions from NCC, the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter.

Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday, June 4, declared that it does not support Nigeria’s disintegration.

Ohanaeze, however, called for a national dialogue in order to solve the national question rather than using force. It appealed to Igbo youth involved in violence to stop, noting that there was nothing to celebrate in violence.

It also tasked the government to conduct urgent in-depth investigations on the destruction of lives and property in the South-east by security agents, which it described as “unacceptable.”

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The president-general of Ohanaeze, Prof. George Obiozor, stated this; while addressing journalists in Enugu, the Ohanaeze Secretariat.

Obiozor added that Ndigbo would not support the break-up of Nigeria, but would neither be victims of Nigeria’s unity.

He described as “unfortunate” the implications of the president’s statement on civil war; also adding that “last time I checked or heard a president speak of shock and awe, it was reserved for the enemy, not the citizens.”

He said, “I also want to appeal to all Igbo youth involved in violence; and strongly advise them that there is nothing to celebrate in violence.

“We cannot change our lots and situations by steering and provoking hatred amongst ourselves; raining insults and abuses on ourselves; and declaring war against those who disagree with our own ideas and approach to resolving our common problems.”

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