The United States government on Thursday faulted the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria, describing the action as undemocratic and breach of its citizens’ right to freedom of expression.
It, however, urged the Federal Government to immediately reverse the decision.
This was contained in a press statement on Thursday by the spokesperson of the US Department of State, Ned Price.
Price expressed concerns over threats of arrest and prosecution of violators issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The statement read, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter.
“The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.
“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.
“Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.
“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”