TWITTER BAN: BUHARI IS KILLING NIGERIA’s DEMOCRACY
We strongly condemn the audacity of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to announce the ban of the operation of Twitter in Nigeria. We emphatically state that such moves by the President Muhammadu Buhari- led government is a flagrant violation of Section 39(1) of the Nigerian constitution and a gross violation of fundamental human rights.
We are worried that our leaders who campaigned vigorously to get our votes are now dictators who will do anything to clamp down and subdue our voices in any way?
We are worried that President Muhammadu Buhari and his co-travelers only want to see and hear themselves over and above the over 28 million Nigerian Twitter users.
The provisions of Section 1(1) of the 1999 Nigerian is sacrosanct, the Constitution is supreme over all and President Buhari is not an exception. Nigeria’s democracy is beyond an administration and President Buhari MUST respect the rule of law and obey the law.
Streaming the above, we aver that the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian Government is illegal, void, unconstitutional, undemocratic and dictatorial.
The first assignment of the government is the protection of the rule of law and the rights of her citizens. The Nigerian government under this administration has, on several occasion fallen short of this facile task.
We call on every Nigerian to stay focused and download a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on google store or Apple store to continue using Twitter app. We also urge the Nigerian Government to be the true advocates of the law rather than oppressors. It is not too late to make a u-turn from their unpopular and draconian decision. Totalitarianism must be discarded in all forms, while citizens engagement with government and policies must be encouraged.