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The Nigeria Network of NGOs is concerned about the ban on Twitter by the Federal Government.
This ban runs contrary to Mr. President’s commitment on civic space to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) community .
This recent twist of events will no doubt affect the country’s ratings amongst the comity of nations and would be investors.
As a member of the Community of Democracies, Nigeria has a role to play in demonstrating leadership by respecting the rights of citizens to access and use information.
We are extremely concerned on the impact of this ban on small businesses whose services rely on Twitter to deliver and reach out to clients. Citizens services such as those relating to police oversight through the police complaints unit will also be affected further deepening abuse by the police.
We are worried that rapid information on the pandemic received through the NCDC Twitter platform will equally be affected not to mention citizens engagement by Governors and other political leaders.
The Nigeria Network of NGOs and its 2,914 members call on the Federal Government to rescind its decision on the Twitter ban.
Access to information must continue to be a right enjoyed by all citizens both offline and online while acknowledging responsible use of such platforms.
For further information:
Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs
Tel: 0802 836 7748