By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In reaction to the indefinite suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Sweden has urged the Nigerian government to respect the right of Nigerians to exercise their freedom of expression and to access information.
This was contained in a short statement on Twitter, in which the Northern European nation flayed the suspension of the social media platform, describing it as an affront on the constitutional right of Nigerians to freely express themselves and access information, a right that could not be denied them, stressing that safeguarding free, independent media and civic spaces for democratic voices was an important part of Sweden’s drive for democracy.
Nigerians have a constitutional right to exercise their freedom of expression and a right to access of information. This must be respected. Safeguarding free, independent media and civic spaces for democratic voices is an important part of Sweden’s #DriveForDemocracy #TwitterBan
— Sweden in Nigeria (@SwedeninNigeria) June 4, 2021
The Federal Government had announced a ban on Twitter, on Friday, following the deleting of a tweet posted by President Buhari, as, according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Nigerians were using Twitter to carry out activities that threatened the corporate existence of the country.