The Joint Minority Caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives has asked Nigerians to ignore the #TwitterBan and ‘keep tweeting’.
They said this in a statement on Wednesday.
The lawmakers condemned the federal government’s decision to indefinitely ban the operations of Twitter in Nigeria – an act they described as draconian and unacceptable.
The Joint Minority Caucus also dismissed threats by the government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using Twitter. It called on Nigerians to go ahead and use their Twitter as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute.
“The Joint Minority Caucus recognizes the provisions of Articles 19 and 20 of the United Nations Charter on Fundamental Human Rights, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as provisions of Sections 39 and 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), and notes that by these provisions no one will be violating any law for using twitter in Nigeria.
“As lawmakers, the Joint Caucus is pained by the anguish Nigerians, especially the youths, who find the use of twitter as a means of livelihood and genuine social interaction, are passing through just because the APC-led Federal Government feels slighted that an individual’s post, was deleted by Twitter for ethical violation.
“The joint caucus, therefore, calls on Nigerians to use various opportunities offered by technology and continue making use of Twitter since such does not violate any law in our country,” part of the statement read.