Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has vowed to sue the Nigerian federal government for indefinitely blocking the micro-blogging site “Twitter.”
Buhari had said in a series of tweets, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives during the Nigerian civil war.
“Those of us who have been in the field for 30 months and witnessed the war will treat them in the language they understand.”
In response, the micro-blogging site deleted Buhari’s tweet, saying it was “against Twitter rules.”
Angered by Twitter’s action, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Mohammed, accused Twitter of double standards and wondered why the social media giant ignored alleged inflammatory tweets by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and his cohorts. He described Twitter’s mission in Nigeria as suspicious.
However, the federal government on Friday suspended the operations and activities of the micro-blogging site.
“The Federal Government has indefinitely suspended the operation of the micro-blogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” he said.
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the continued use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s existence.
“The minister said the federal government has also directed the National Broadcasting l Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria,” the statement said,
Angered by the FG’s decision, SERAP vowed via Twitter to sue the Nigerian federal government over Twitter’s suspension.
“BREAKING: We are suing Nigerian authorities over their ILLEGAL indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.
“Nigerians have a right to free expression and access to information, including online, and we plan to fight to keep it that way.
“@NigeriaGov, we’ll see you in court.”