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Nigeria: Paradigm, EiE, MRA, SERAP condemn continuous Twitter ban - ITREALMS

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A coalition of four Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have berated the Nigeria's Twitter ban which hit 100 days on Sunday, September 12th, 2021, reports 
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Speaking on this prolonged ban on Monday, September 13th, at a joint press conference, the CSOs namely, Paradigm Initiative (PIN), Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, Media Rights Agenda (MRA), and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) dissected the implications and charted the way forward on the Twitter ban in Nigeria at CIVIC Hive, Yaba, Lagos.
PIN’s Executive Director, 
‘Gbenga Sesan, in company of ‘Yemi Adamolekun, EiE Nigeria’s Executive Director, and Ayode Longe, MRA’s Program Director unanimously called on the Federal Government to refrain from actions that put Nigeria among the nations that constantly violate human rights and infringe on its citizens' fundamental and socio-economic rights guaranteed by their constitution.

For Sesan, accused FG over the ban in what he said was a misplaced priority, amidst all the critical issues the country was facing, and Twitter is not one of them. 

He looked at the economic impact of the ban saying it has impacted revenue projections of many businesses, and that according to netsblock.com Nigeria has lost N148bn in 100 days.

Adamolekun stretched on the fact that "for the government to constantly shy from pertinent issues such as security, unemployment, and blame a platform for allowing people to express their dissatisfaction is pure laziness and shows they are not ready to solve these issues" also indicating the Twitter ban is a disservice to both the government and its citizens.

Earlier, Ayode Longe, gave a rundown of the coalition’s activities against the Twitter ban, Partners’ Actions, and Activities in Response to Suspension of Twitter. 

"These are just a few of the actions taken in defense of our right to freedom of expression and access to information as well as the rights of all other Nigerians," he said.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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