The position of SERAP was contained in an open letter dated October 2, 2021 by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
Buhari, in his Independence Day broadcast on Friday, announced the lifting of the ban, but with conditions attached.
President Buhari made the disclosure in his October 1 independence anniversary speech in the early hours of Friday.
At a joint press conference on Monday to mark 100 days since the ban, the organisations, including Enough Is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, Paradigm Initiative (PIN), the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), all took a critical look at the origin of the ban, the blatant disregard for rule-of-law by the federal government and the ban’s dire consequences to the economy and the citizenry of Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance while briefing State House correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the First Lady’s Conference room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Saraki made his position known in a video he shared on his Twitter handle in the early hours of Monday on the ban
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Washington DC during his ongoing engagement with various global media outlets, global think tanks and influencers.
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.