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Commonwealth Says it’s watching Nigeria Over Ban On Twitter

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The Commonwealth has said it is watching developments in Nigeria over ban on Twitter.

The organisation made this known in a response to an “urgent appeal” by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

In the appeal, SERAP had urged the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, to “apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold the Nigerian government to account over the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and the resulting repression of freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom.”

The Federal Government had on June 4, 2021, suspended Twitter barely two days after the social media platform deleted a tweet by the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

However, many Nigerians have bypassed the Twitter suspension by using a Virtual Private Network.

Responding to SERAP, the letter said: “The Commonwealth Secretary-General has been following the developments in Nigeria very closely and she is engaging the relevant stakeholders.

“All Commonwealth member countries have committed themselves to upholding freedom of expression as one of the core values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter, which underscores a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights covenants and international instruments.

“Please be assured that the Secretariat will remain engaged with the authorities in Nigeria and encourage a speedy resolution of this matter.”

Recently, SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, accused the Federal Government of abusing human rights and freedom of expression.

 

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