Twitter ban: No thanks we are not reversing statement US, EU, UK, others tell Buhari’s govt | NN NEWS

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The Federal Government of Nigeria met on Monday with envoys of the US, the UK, the EU, the Canadian Government and the Government of Ireland over their response to Nigeria’s ban on Twitter’s operations in the country. 

Asked if they were withdrawing their statement, Leonard said they recognised that there are issues of the irresponsible use of social media, but that they ‘remain firm in our position that free access to the ability to express one’s self is actually very important and perhaps even more important in troubled times.’ 

United States (US), European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria, United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Republic of Ireland and Norway tells Nigeria government said, “We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline. Banning systems of expression is not the answer. 

Onyeama also said during the meeting the envoys restated and made reassurances of their support and friendship towards Nigeria, the minister adding that there was the need to keep an eye on the main objectives of the Buhari administration, particularly on the issue of security. 

Responding on behalf of other envoys, Leonard said as partners they want to see Nigeria succeed and that they want to see Nigeria unified, peaceful and prosperous.

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