Amnesty International condemns FG for suspending Twitter operations in Nigeria
By Kalu Nwokoro Idika
Human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International has condemned the suspension of Twitter by Buhari’s led administration in Nigeria.
The International human rights advocacy group in a statement said the suspension of Twitter is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations, including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Recall that in the evening of today, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement said Twitter operations in Nigeria has beeen suspended.
Another round of face-off between the Federal government of Nigeria and the Tech giant after it deleted a tweet by President Mohammadu Buhari where he was threatening bloodshed to the people of Southeast region.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, accused social media giant, Twitter, of double standards for deleting a controversial post by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the Biafran war of 1967-1970 during which many lives were lost
Speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, Mohammed said Twitter had conveniently ignored inciting tweets by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and others.
The minister said the social media giant also displayed the same bias during the #ENDSARS protest during which government and private property were either looted or destroyed.
He said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled.
However, Amnesty through their official Twitter handle said, “Amnesty International condemns the Nigerian government’s suspension of Twitter @Twitter in #Nigeria— a social media widely used by Nigerians to exercise their human rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and access to information. #TwitterBan”
“This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. #TwitterBan #Nigeria
“We call on the #Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress the civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights. #TwitterBan”