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Respect your citizens’ right, reverse Twitter suspension

On Thursday, the US government criticized the federal government’s decision last Friday to suspend the operations of the microblogging platform Twitter in Nigeria.

It also expressed concern about the threats of arrest and prosecution of offenders issued by the Federation Attorney General, Abubakar Malami.

The US government’s position was contained in a press release from US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

He advised the Federal Government to respect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression by revoking the suspension.

The statement read: “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter.

“The United States is also concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all radio and television stations to stop using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, collect and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.

“Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are essential for safe and prosperous democratic societies.

“We support Nigeria in its work towards unity, peace and prosperity. As your partner, we ask the government to respect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension ”.

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