The United States Government says the suspension of Twitter by Nigeria is at variance with the 1999 Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression.
In a letter to the president of Africa’s most populous nation, Mohammadu Buhari, the United States mission in Nigeria said Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression.
Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The Government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses. Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms. As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been greater. The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity.”