By Henry Okonkwo
The United States Government has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to immediately reverse the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The call was made in a statement on Wednesday by an administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, Samantha Power.
Power, who was the 28th US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, decried the ban.
She said, “There are nearly 40 million Twitter users in Nigeria and the country is home to Africa’s largest tech hub.
“This suspension is nothing more than state-sanctioned denial of free speech and should be reversed immediately. #KeepitOn.”
Recall that Twitter and Nigeria’s faceoff started last Tuesday after the tech giants deleted President Buhari’s tweet where he threatened to deal with those bent on destroying Nigeria through insurrection in a violent manner.
Angered by Twitter’s action, the Federal Government last Friday suspended indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging platform in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.