The Incorporated Trustees of the NBA filed the suit numbered FHC/L/CS/613/202 on June 18, following the government’s June 4 threat to prosecute Nigerians who defy the directive by continuing to use Twitter.
I follow several pages on Facebook, most especially those ones operated by political leaders and appointees. This is due to my love for politics and my never quenched thirst for information that comes from the seat of power.
The minister, who stated this when he appeared before the House Committee on Information on Tuesday, in Abuja, cited various sections of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in support of the action that was officially taken in the light of the security challenges facing the country.
The ruling followed the suit filed against the government by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians arguing that “the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, criminalization of Nigerians and other people using Twitter have escalated repression of human rights and unlawfully restricted the rights of Nigerians and other people to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.”
The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team.
They are also praying the court to order the government to immediately rescind the suspension order, and compensate them for the violation of their rights.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this when he featured on: “Politics Nationwide,” a Radio Nigeria call-in programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
More than 39 million Nigerians have a Twitter account, according to NOI Polls, and many businesses use the platform to reach customers, expose their brands, and communicate with various stakeholders.
The EU delegation in Nigeria had condemned the ban and Pasquier also expressed concern about the ban, saying it would affect the means of livelihoods of a huge population of youths who earn their living using social media platforms like Twitter and others.
Dorsey’s tweet, which was posted hours to the ongoing nationwide protests in Nigeria, has since attracted thousands of retweets.
In his Democracy Day message, Tinubu said democratic good governance offers the only reasonable solution to the challenges confronting Nigeria.
Solade had applauded the government’s ban of the social media platform, insisting that it insulted the president of the country.
But what does the ban mean, really? It means that about 40 million users in Nigeria who are mostly young people would be unable to access the service through local service providers.
President Buhari had threatened on his Twitter handle to deal with people who are destroying INEC facilities in the South East the way federal forces dealt with Biafrans during the Civil War.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Wednesday when he spoke with State House Correspondents after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council
The party raised the alert in a statement by Senator John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary of its Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), Mohammed said Twitter had reached out to the government seeking high-level discussion to resolve the issue.
The National Assembly caucus, which described the ban as draconian, decried that many Nigerians are losing their sources of livelihood to the action.
Trump, in a statement on Tuesday night, commended Nigeria for the action, calling on more countries to “ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.”
The suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21 was filed on Tuesday by Solicitor to SERAP and human rights activist, Femi Falana, SAN.