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U.S. calls on Nigeria to end Twitter suspension

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The United States on Thursday called on the federal government to reverse its decision to suspend Twitter operations in the country.

The US State Department in a statement by spokesman Ned Price said Nigeria should respect the right to free speech.

The federal government on Friday suspended operations of Twitter indefinitely because of its use for activities that could undermine the existence of the Nigerian company.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed announced the suspension of the micro-blogging social network, days after Twitter deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged policy violation.

The United States, however, has advised the federal government to end the ongoing Twitter suspension and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using it.

“The United States is also concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission has ordered all television and radio broadcasters to stop using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, collect and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.

“Freedom of expression and access to information online and offline are essential for prosperous and secure democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria in its work towards unity, peace and prosperity,” the statement said.

The United States therefore called on the government to respect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression by rescinding this suspension. (NAA)

(NAN)

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