By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Nigerian Government has been ordered by the United States Government to immediate reverse the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.
According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Samantha Power, who spoke via a Facebook post, the suspension constituted nothing other than an attempt by the Nigerian State to deny its citizens their right to free speech, adding that Nigeria has nearly 40 million Twitter users, as well as being home to Africa’s largest tech hub.
This was the fourth time in a week the US was issuing the same order following last Friday’s suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria by the federal government.
The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria had last Saturday issued a statement where it said the suspension of Twitter’s operations was an infringement on the rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression.
Sequel to this statement was a joint release by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Canadian High Commission and the Embassy of Ireland.