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Canada And EU Countries Condemn Twitter Ban

Canada and EU countries have joined Nigerians to condemn the suspension of Twitter operations in the country.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Nigerian Government on Friday suspended Twitter, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence. The suspension comes after President Muhammadu Buhari’s Tweet on ‘civil war’ was deleted by the social media giant.

A joint statement from the European Union, Canada, Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, seen by Gatekeepers News reads:

“The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America convey our disappointment over the Government of Nigeria’s announcement suspending #Twitter and proposing registration requirements for other social media.

Nigerians React To FG Twitter Suspension

“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline.

“Banning systems of expression is not the answer. These measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue and expression of opinions, as well as share vital information in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less, communication to accompany the concerted efforts of Nigeria’s citizens in fulsome dialogue toward unity, peace and prosperity.”

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