The US Department of State, under Joe Biden’s leadership, has asked the Federal Government (FG) to reverse its decision to indefinitely suspend Twitter in Nigeria.
Although the Nigerian government has said the platform was banned as a result of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”, many have doubted the authenticity of this claim as the ban of the bird app, Twitter, took place after President Buhari’s tweets which violated the platform’s rules were deleted.
The statement made on Thursday, by Ned Price, the US State department spokesman reads:
“The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use 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.”