Legislators to investigate ban on Twitter – Gbajabiamila

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FEMI Gbajabiamila, speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 8,  said the legislators will investigate the decision of the federal government to ban operations of twitter in Nigeria.

According to him, the House of Representatives will also consider the legal frameworks on which the federal government made the decision.

Addressing his colleagues on resumption of plenary after two weeks of break, Gbajabiamila, said the relevant House Committees of Communication, Justice and Legal Matters as well as Information will submit a report within 10 days to enable the House take an informed decision on the ban.

He said while twitter has been an important means of communication and business for younger generation of Nigerians, the government has a responsibility to ensure it is not used to undermine national security.

Realnews reports that the ban on Twitter by the federal government has been trailed by controversy with some Nigerians kicking against it while some supports the government’s action.

The ban followed Twitter’s deletion of a controversial tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari threatening violence on youths from south eastern part of the country because of the their agitation for freedom and the burning of police stations and the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC by unknown gunmen.

The United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and European Union have flayed the government’s action insisting that it breached the Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights which Nigeria is a signatory to.

– June 8, 2021 @ 12:52 GMT |

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