The United States (U. S.) has expressed concern over the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The U. S. said the move by the government to halt activities of the microblogging platform was a brazen restriction of freedom of expression in the country.
This was contained in a post on the verified Facebook page of the United States embassy (U.S. Mission in Nigeria) on Thursday.
The post 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.
” 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.”
PlatinumPost reports that the Federal Government had last week Friday suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension on the activities of the U. S. microblogging platform after Twitter deleted a controversial post by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed also ordered the NBC to “immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”