Twitter Suspended For Threatening National Security -Buhari
The Federal Government on Monday justified its ban on Twitter, saying the social media giant constituted a threat to peace and the security of the nation.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffery Onyeama explained that the action was in the interest of national security and peace.
The outrage against the suspension heightened as the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada called for a retracing of steps.
On Monday, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) ordered broadcat stations to suspend Twitter patronage.
It was also learnt that the government and the social media giant are already talking.
Besides the Western countries, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Redeemed Church Christian Church of God (RCCG) General Overseer Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) reacted to the government action.
Expressing concern over the ban, the ambassadors of the U.S., UK, Canada, European Union, and Ireland said the government action violated the freedom of information and communication.
Onyeama, who spoke at the end of a meeting with the ambassadors and representatives in Abuja, solicited their understanding of the decision.
He told reporters that President Muhammadu Buhari was keen on ensuring the peace and security of Nigerians and Nigeria.
The minister stressed that the government’s major objective was to advocate responsible use of social media platforms that would not destabilize the peace and unity of the country.
Onyeama said: “We had very useful discussions and we just restated the security concerns of Mr. President and of all Nigerians and the very strong steps that needed to be taken to address security challenges in the country.
“They (the envoys) are all living here with us in Nigeria and have a fair view and experience of the security challenges we are facing.
“We discussed the role of social media as platforms which could be used to do good or bad.
“Unfortunately, the bad that social media is often used to commit have very dire consequences on human lives and in our case also, threatening the unity of the country.
“As the responsibility of the government is to maintain law and order, security, and to preserve human lives, we have to take every measure to ensure that all those are preserved.”
He added: “We believe as a democracy, that there must be the right to life, the right to property ownership and we believe in human rights and freedom of speech, but the social media has to be used responsibly.
“We had detailed discussions and our partnership and solidarity with those countries were reaffirmed.”