By Henry Okonkwo
The joint National Assembly Minority Caucus has called on Nigerians to defy Federal Government’s ban on Twitter operations in the country and continue using the microblogging platform.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, and Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday.
The joint caucus also dismissed threats by the Federal Government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using Twitter.
The statement read, “The Joint Minority Caucus recognises 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), and notes that by these provisions no one will be violating any law for using twitter in Nigeria.
“As lawmakers, the Joint Caucus is pained by the anguish Nigerians, especially the youth, who find the use of twitter as a means of livelihood and genuine social interaction, are passing through just because the APC-led Federal Government feels slighted that an individual’s post, was deleted by Twitter for ethic violation.”