N’Assembly Minority Caucus Supports Nigerians to Disregard FG’s Ban on Twitter Usage
The joint minority caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday condemned the embargo placed on the use of Twitter by Nigerians as draconian and unacceptable, urging citizens to disregard the ban and continue using the platform.
They dismissed the threat by the federal government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using twitter as impracticable, saying the use twitter would not contravene any law in Nigeria or any international statute.
The caucus in a statement jointly signed by its leaders, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu cited the provisions of articles 19 and 20 of the United Nations Charter on Fundamental Human Rights, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as provisions of Sections 39 and 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), noting that by these provisions no one will be violating any law for using Twitter in Nigeria.
The caucus accused the federal government of abandoning its duty of addressing the serious economic and security problems confronting the nation, saying the ban on Twitter appears to be in favour of criminal and terrorist elements, whose activities fester in an environment of suppressed information flow.
The statement reads, ”It is agonizing that Nigeria and Nigerians have been losing billions of naira on daily basis since the ban on twitter. This is completely unacceptable as it is worsening the already biting economic hardship and frightening unemployment level in the country.
“The Joint Minority Caucus sympathizes with the organized private sector, manufacturing and service providing companies, small and medium enterprises, online businesses owners and other hardworking entrepreneurs across the country, whose genuine business and means of livelihood have been crippled by the unwarranted ban on Twitter by the APC federal government.
”It also identifies with our students, research-based organization, media houses, the organized civil society, faith-based organizations, community groups among others, whose information-based activities have been violently disrupted by the ban. In the same vein, the Joint Caucus sympathizes with regional, states, local government as well as members of the international community, whose genuine and constructive activities have been crippled by the prohibition of twitter in Nigeria.”
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