Nigerian Government should have sued Twitter rather than suspend operations –Falana

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By Henry Okonkwo

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has said that the Federal Government was too reactive by suspending the operations of Twitter in the country.

Falana said this during a television program on Wednesday.

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He said, “In a constitutional democracy, the government is not permitted to resort to self-help, which implies that rather than place a ban, the government is supposed to have sued Twitter if the organization refuses to respond positively to the concerns of the government.”

Although Falana noted that there has been a litany of problems with Twitter in Nigeria due to the amount of misinformation that abounds on the app, he pointed that the ban was only placed after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet referencing the civil war was deleted.

“There is no ground on which the action of the government can be justified because over 40 million Twitter subscribers in Nigeria cannot be disenfranchised over one person’s ego,” he said.

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