Again, US asks Nigerian govt to reverse ban on twitter

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The United States has again asked the Nigerian government to reverse the ban on Twitter.

The Federal government suspended the operations of Twitter in the country citing interference, after the microblogging site yanked off a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari on the civil war last week.

In a statement issued a few days after the ban, the US had condemned the action, which it described as unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, Samantha Power, the current administrator of the US Agency for International Development, described the ban as a denial of free speech.

“There are nearly 40 million Twitter users in #Nigeria, and the country is home to Africa’s largest tech hub. This suspension is nothing more than state-sanctioned denial of free speech and should be reversed immediately. #KeepItOn,” she had tweeted.

At a meeting with heads of diplomatic missions in Abuja on Monday, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said there is no timeline for the ban.

He, however, said the ban would be lifted when there is responsible use of social media.

Many Nigerians have circumvented the ban through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). But, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has threatened the prosecution of those still tweeting.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered all stations to deactivate their Twitter accounts.

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