Saturday, June 19

CSO gives FG 48 hours to reverse ban on Twitter or be sued

A 48 hours ultimatum has been issued to the federal government by the a Civil Society Organisation, One Love Foundation, OLF to reverse the ban on Twitter or will be sued on the account of infringing on the constitutional rights of Nigerians to access information.

This was related via a letter addressed to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and signed by its lawyer, Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr for the President and Founder, Patriot Patrick Eholor.

Part of the letter reads, “Our group, One Love Foundation is an NGO committed to the promotion, defence of human rights, equality of all citizens and justice for every citizen all over the world.

“We are this evening in receipt of the announcement by the federal government of Nigeria over the banning from Nigeria airspace, of the worldwide microblogging site with acronym name as www.twitter.com.

“Consequently, this act by the FG of Nigeria without any legal and reasonable reasons/justification is not only illegal, unconstitutional but tend to drive fear in the eyes of ordinary Nigerians, that their enshrined rights to impart and receive information, are not only being threatened but look as if they are being taken away from them by this FG ban of Twitter in this regard.

“We, as a group hereby politely request the FG of Nigeria, to subsequently in good faith withdraw forthwith the ban of Twitter in this regard, as the economic, socio and other benefits of www. twitter.com are so numerous to Nigerians in this regard and hence this ban is not only untenable but is done in bad faith at this point in time.

“However if this our demands as stated above are not adhered to within 48 hours, failure of which, we shall be constrained to challenge this action of FG ban of www. twitter.com at the ECOWAS court and when the JUSUN strike is over at the Federal High court also, as we hope the wise counsel will prevail in this matter.”


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