European Union and the United States expressed concern over the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria. The move has also been denounced by international human rights groups.
The diplomatic missions of the European Union, United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, have issued a joint statement to condemn the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to suspend the operations of the social media giant, Twitter, in Africa’s most populous nation.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government suspended Twitter on Friday, June 5, 2021, after the tech company deleted one of the president’s tweets for a violation of its rules.
“Banning systems of expression is not the answer,” it said. “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,” the statement adds.
The platform has played an important role in public discourse in the country, with hashtags #BringBackOurGirls after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014, and #EndSARS during anti-police brutality protests last year.