By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The United States government has slammed the ban on twitter operations in the country by the Nigerian government, describing the action as being bad for business.
According to the U.S government, the action sends a negative message to Nigerians, investors and businesses.
The US’ position was made known via a statement by its mission in Nigeria, which stated that, “Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression.
Excerpts of the statement read, “The Government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses.
“Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms.
“As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been greater.
“The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity.”
The Nigerian government had announced the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country on Friday in response to the social media platform’s removal of tweets from the official account of President Muhammadu Buhari, which made reference to the genocide against the Igbo ethnic nationality during the 1967-1970 Civil War.