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US Goverment condemns FG for Twitter ban, says it’s against Nigeria constitution

By Pat Uchendu

The Goverment of the United States of America has on Saturday, June 5, 2021, said that the suspension of Twitter by the Nigeria government is at variance with the 1999 Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression.

The US government in a statement on Saturday said that the move undermines Nigeria’s ability to exercise their freedom, adding that it sends a poor message to investors.

The statement read, “Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigeria’s 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.

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“As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation and accountability has never been greater.

“The part to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts towards unity, peace and prosperity.”

Recall that Newwavereporters have reported that the Federal Government if Nigeria had on Friday, June 4, 2021, suspended Twitter indefinitely after the social media platform deleted a tweet by the President which was considered offensive and genocidal by many Nigerians.

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