• June 19, 2021

Amnesty Challenges Nigerian Govt’s Suspension Of Twitter, Flays Plan To Gag Media


By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The decision of the Federal Government to suspend the operations of social media platform, Twitter, in Nigeria, has been roundly condemned by Amnesty International.

Amnesty International mad its position on the matter known via a statement issued via Twitter, in which it charged the Federal Government to put a hold on its plans to gag the media.

The tweet thread reads:

Amnesty International condemns the Nigerian government’s suspension of Twitter @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

— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) June 4, 2021

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

— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) June 4, 2021

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

— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) June 4, 2021

The Federal Government had on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria, via a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Abuja.


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