Western coalition flays Nigeria’s suspension of Twitter
By John Eche
A coalition of Western nations has flayed the Nigerian authorities over its suspension of the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter.
In a joint statement, the diplomatic missions of Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States of America declared that they were disappointed over the action of the Nigerian government, insisting that it was not consistent with the highest expressions of democratic practice which Nigeria ordinarily subscribes to.
‘We strongly support the fundamental human rights of free expression and access to information as a a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline,’ the statement affirmed.
It added that the path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication and that it was ready to assist Nigeria in achieving that goal.
Still talking tough however, the Nigerian authorities are insisting that the suspension remains justified and that citizens that violate it would be prosecuted.
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