Hon. Ndudi Elumelu Educates President Buhari’s FG That The Freedom Of Speech In The 1999 Constitution Includes Expressions By Nigerians Through Twitter, Advises The FG To Be Open To The Views Of Nigerians And Make Adjustments, Instead Of Trying To Suppress Free Speech Again In The Future

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives, through its Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, has stated that the earlier suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government was not known to any Law in Nigeria, Page 36 learnt.

This was contained in a statement by the Caucus, signed by Hon. Elumelu, on Friday.

The statement reads: “That is why at the wake of the ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria in June 2021, the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives forcefully condemned the decision as a provocative, obnoxious, and unjustifiable clampdown on the rights of Nigerians which also showed the APC government’s intolerance and aversion to the views, opinions, and aspirations of Nigerian citizens, especially the youths, on matters of State.

“It was also in the light of that that the Minority Caucus in the National Assembly stood by the Law, and charged Nigerians to continue using Twitter, irrespective of the unconstitutional ban, since they would not be contravening any known Law in Nigeria, or any International Statutes.

“Our Caucus holds that the declaration of a lift on the ban on Twitter amounts to regulatory approval on freedom of speech, which is completely unknown to our Laws. The APC government should rather be apologising to Nigerians for infringing on their rights, as well as for the huge economic losses recorded as a result of the ban.”

The Minority Caucus speaking further, insisted that instead of seeking to suppress free speech in our country, the APC government should be open to the views of Nigerians, and make adjustments for the good of the nation.

It commended Nigerians for their resilience, innovations, and resistance to ‘suppression’ by the APC Federal Government, and assured them that the Caucus would not relent in fighting for the rights of the people at all times.

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