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SERAP to Buhari: We reject conditional lifting of Twitter ban

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Leshi Adebayo

 

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has responded to President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive of suspending the Twitter ban, based on certain conditions.

SERAP said it rejects the “conditional” lifting of the ban on Twitter.

The body encouraged the president to urgently and unconditionally lift the suspension of Twitter operations in the country.

According to SERAP, such a measure allows Nigerians to exercise their freedom of expression rights.

SERAP tweeted, “BREAKING: We reject ‘conditional’ lifting of ban on Twitter in Nigeria by the Buhari administration.

“President Buhari must immediately and unconditionally lift the illegal suspension of Twitter, and allow Nigerians to freely exercise their right to freedom of expression.”

Recall that on Friday, Buhari announced that he had directed a conditional lifting of the ban placed on Twitter, in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence.

He instructed that the suspension of Twitter be lifted, only if the conditions by the presidential committee are met.

The Federal Government had banned Twitter as a result of some activities carried out on the platform.

According to Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, Twitter was used to carry out activities that threatened the corporate existence of Nigeria.

 

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