Nigeria Now On Commonwealth Watchlist Over Twitter Ban

Nigeria has been placed on the Commonwealth’s blacklist because to the suspension of Twitter, a microblogging network.

Twitter which was Ban in Nigeria over the removal of the President Tweet. Tweet which according to the microblogging network claims it negate the rules of It’s Brand.

Despite the man, a lot of Nigerians resulted into using VPNs to bypass the ban. Though this have also got the attention of the Nigerian Government but measures have not been taken to contain that.

The body is keeping an eye on violations of the right to freedom of speech, access to information, the media blackout, and the rule of law.

Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General, stated that as one of the Commonwealth Charter’s basic values and principles, all member countries must support freedom of expression.

This underscores a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights covenants and international instruments”, Scotland noted.

Her remarks came after the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) urged the Commonwealth to hold the Nigerian government accountable on June 5, 2021.

Roger Koranteng, Officer in Charge, Governance and Peace Directorate, signed Scotland’s letter to SERAP.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has been following the developments in Nigeria very closely and she is engaging the relevant stakeholders”, it read in part.

“Please be assured that the Secretariat will remain engaged with the authorities in Nigeria and encourage a speedy resolution of this matter.”

On June 4, 2021, the Nigerian government ordered all internet service providers to block access to Twitter.

The order came after President Muhammadu Buhari’s post was removed because it broke Twitter’s guidelines, according to the company.

Citizens and television outlets that continue to tweet have also been threatened with prosecution by the federal government.

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