Twitter Ban: The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, in a statement issued today has ordered all Nigerian broadcasting stations to delete their Twitter accounts.
The letter to the broadcasting organisations terms it as “unpatriotic” for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to use Twitter as a source of information gathering and dissemination in Nigeria.
Different variations of the letter exist, but they typically say the same thing.
See for yourself:
Twitter Ban: Just in case you’re out of the loop:
On June 4, 2021, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced through a Twitter thread that it had indefinitely suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria. The suspension came after Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, “announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
On June 5, 2021, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami directed that people violating the Twitter ban should immediately be prosecuted.
Here’s why we think the Twitter ban is unconstitutional.