Canada, the European Union, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America have issued a joint statement in response to the Nigerian government’s Twitter ban.
On Friday, June 4, two days after Twitter deleted a tweet from Nigeria’s president for violating its terms of service, the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture announced that the Nigerian government has “indefinitely suspended” Twitter.
Additionally, the Nigerian government proposed requiring registration for other social media platforms.
Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Ireland, and the European Union expressed disappointment in a joint statement that reads: “The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America express their disappointment with Nigeria’s announcement suspending # Twitter and proposing registration requirements for other social media platforms.”
“We firmly believe that the fundamental human right to free expression and access to information is a pillar of democracy in Nigeria and throughout the world, and that these rights apply both online and offline. Prohibiting modes of expression is not the solution.
“These measures obstruct access to information and commerce at a time when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue and opinion expression, as well as share critical information in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The path to a more secure Nigeria requires increased, not decreased, communication to accompany Nigeria’s citizens’ concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity. As Nigeria’s partners, we are prepared to assist in accomplishing these objectives.