Canada, EU, Ireland, UK and USA issues joint statement on twitter ban
On Saturday, the U.S. mission Nigeria through their official Facebook page released a joint statement regarding the recent twitter ban imposed by the federal government of Nigeria.
The statement was captioned:
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
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 other 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.
Reactions from a few Nigerians:
Just ban any politician in this Administration from coming over there. That’s the only language they understand. They will backtrack in minutes. Let’s UK start first…..
International community Should rise up and save Nigeria from being destroyed by buhari and his cohorts.He hates truth,he is tyranny that is ready to trample on our fundamental human right.Can’t you imagine AGF malami threatened hailstone and brimstone to clamp down anybody that use APV.Are we in military era where you can’t express what is Known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH .? They should ask this administration.US should intervene now because injustice and nepotism are the weapons of buhari administration to make every section look for secession..A case study of Oduduwa republic in Southwest and Biafra republic in Southeast.I think the best thing is referendum..We are tired of British geographical location.