Twitter ban: Respect the rights of Nigerians – United States cautions President Buhari, says social media restriction has no place in a democracy

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State

The United States Government has condemned the banning of Twitter by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in Nigeria.

In a statement on Thursday, Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, noted that restricting social media has no place in a democracy.

“The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter. The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”

President Buhari’s government has however insisted to continue with the ban and further regulation of social media networks.

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