Again, US Mounts Pressure on Nigeria to Reverse Twitter Ban

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The United States has again condemned Nigerian government’s continued suspension of social networking site, Twitter.

The US Department of State in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Ned Price, on Thursday also faulted the threat to arrest and prosecute persons who use the platform.

US also expressed worry that the National Broadcasting Commission directed all radio and television stations to stop using Twitter as source to gather information for news and programmes.

The statement noted that 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.”

Noting that it supports Nigeria in working towards peace, unity and prosperity, the US called on the Nigerian government to respect the freedom of citizens by reversing the ban on Twitter.

The Federal Government had suspended Twitter indefinitely, citing persistent use of the app for activities capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria.

Many foreign partners including the US had condemned the Nigerian government for the action which they described as violation of the freedom of expression.

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