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The Fearless Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe And His Minority Caucus Members Assure Nigerians Still Using Twitter That They Are Not Violating Any Local Or International Law, Say The Ban On Twitter In Nigeria Favours Only Criminals and Terrorists

The Joint Minority Caucus of the Senate and House of Representatives, has asked Nigerians to continue to use Twitter, despite the ban by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, and order to arrest and prosecute defaulters directive by the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Page 36 learnt.

The Joint Minority Caucus met over the ban on Twitter, and restated its condemnation of the embargo as draconian and unacceptable.

This position was contained in a communique signed by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

The Caucus insisted that Nigerians will not be contravening any Law in the country, or any International Statute, if the decide to continue to use Twitter.

The Joint Minority Caucus recognised 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 noted that by these provisions, no one will be violating any Law for using Twitter in Nigeria.

The Joint Caucus said that as Lawmaker, it 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 Federal Government feels slighted that the President’s post was deleted by Twitter, for ethic violation.

It therefore, called on Nigerians to use the various opportunities offered by technology, and continue making use of Twitter, since such does not violate any law in our country.

The communique reads in part: “It is agonising that Nigeria and Nigerians have been losing billions of naira on daily basis since the ban on Twitter. This is completely unacceptable, as it is worsening the already biting economic hardship and frightening unemployment level in the country.

“Moreover, the ban on Twitter in Nigeria appears to be in favour of criminal and terrorist elements, whose activities fester in an environment of suppressed information flow.

“The Joint Minority Caucus sympathises with the organized private sector, manufacturing and service providing companies, small and medium enterprises, online business owners and other hardworking entrepreneurs across the country, whose genuine business and means of livelihood have been crippled by the unwarranted ban on Twitter by the APC federal government.”

The Caucus also identified with students, research-based organisation, media houses, the organised civil society, faith-based organisations, community groups, among others, whose information-based activities have been violently disrupted by the ban.

In the same vein, the Joint Caucus sympathised with Regional, States, Local Government, as well as members of the International Community, whose genuine and constructive activities have been crippled by the prohibition of Twitter in Nigeria

It also identified with Traditional Rulers, who have even found Twitter as a means of communicating with the Constituents, especially in this era of insecurity in the country.

The Joint Caucus vehemently berated the Federal Government for abandoning its duty of addressing the serious economic and security problems confronting the nation, to rather focus on dissipating energy victimising Nigerians, over their disagreement with Twitter for deleting a post by an individual.

The Caucus counseled the Federal Government to swallow its pride, accept its misdoing, and go and settle whatever issue it has with Twitter, instead of this resort to inflicting pains on Nigerians.

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