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Blinken Blasts Buhari, FG Over Twitter Ban

By Our Reporter

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has lashed out at the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of twitter operations in Nigeria.

He said restriction of social media use has no place in a democracy.

In a statement on Thursday, June 10, 2021, signed by Blinken’s spokesman, Ned Price, ‘Nigeria’s Twitter Suspension’, Blinken condemned the suspension of Twitter.

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The statement read, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter.

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‘’The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”

Recall that the federal government of Nigeria on Friday June 4, 2021, suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

It also said all the top social media platforms must be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission, a move that has been described as an attempt to gag freedom of expression in Nigeria.

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