US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has lashed out at the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of twitter activities in Nigeria.
He said limitation of online media use is not welcome in a majority rule government.
In an articulation on Thursday endorsed by Blinken’s representative, Ned Price, ‘Nigeria’s Twitter Suspension’, Blinken censured the suspension of Twitter.
The assertion peruses: “The United States censures the continuous suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and resulting dangers to capture and indict Nigerians who use Twitter.
‘The United States is moreover worried that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission requested all TV and radio telecasters to stop utilizing Twitter.
“Unduly confining the capacity of Nigerians to report, assemble and scatter conclusions and data is not welcome in a majority rule government. Opportunity of articulation and admittance to data both on the web and disconnected are central to prosperous and get popularity based social orders.
“We support Nigeria as it pursues solidarity, harmony, and success. As its accomplice, we approach the public authority to regard its residents’ more right than wrong to opportunity of articulation by turning around this suspension.”
The Federal Government last Friday suspended Twitter tasks in Nigeria, “refering to the determined utilization of the stage for exercises that are fit for sabotaging Nigeria’s corporate presence.”
It additionally said everywhere on The Top and online media stages should be authorized by the National Broadcasting Commission, a move that has been depicted as an endeavor to choke opportunity of articulation in Nigeria.