Restricting Social Media Has No Place In A Democracy...US Secretary Of State Tells Buhari

Restricting the use of social media has no place in a democracy, United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has told the government of Nigerian President,  Muhammadu Buhari 

This was contained in a statement on Thursday signed by Blinken’s spokesman, Ned Price.

In the statement titled, ‘Nigeria’s Twitter Suspension’, Blinken condemned the suspension of micro-blogging site, Twitter, by the Buhari government.

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 likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.

 “We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”

The Federal Government of Nigeria had on June 4, 2021, suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria, “citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

It also said all Over The Top and social media platforms must be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission, a move that has been described as an attempt to gag freedom of expression in Nigeria.

Despite widespread condemnation from the local and international community as well as civil society organisations that the right of expression of Nigerians be respected, the Buhari government has been unyielding in its stance that the social media space must be regulated.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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