Twitter, the American micro-blogging and social networking service, has reacted to Buhari administration’s ban on its operations in Nigeria, promising to restore access to its new platform to all Nigerians.
According to a tweet by Twitter’s Public Policy on Saturday, open internet is an essential human right and it will help Nigerians who rely on its platform connect with the world.
Twitter made the promise after the presidential directive suspending it indefinitely.
Twitter said: “We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.
“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn.”
Persecondnews had reported that Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, had on June 4 announced the suspension of Twitter in Abuja, alleging that some Nigerians were “persistently using the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
Nigeria has now joined the league of North Korea, Iran, China and Turkmenistan which had banned access to Twitter.
UK, Egypt, and Turkey have also temporarily suspended the use of Twitter.
The decision to ban Twitter was taken just a few days after the site deleted a tweet it considered offensive where Buhari threatened the Southeast with war.