Twitter laws try and suppress constitutional rights – Reps minority caucus

TThe House Minority Caucus said that following the lifting of the unconstitutional ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria, the federal government’s move to restrict its use by Nigerians was further evidence of its will to suppress the constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens.

In a statement by House Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta), the caucus on Friday noted that the federal government has no right to limit Nigerians’ use of Twitter after lifting its ban.

The Caucus informed that Nigerians’ freedom of speech and expression, including expression through social media channels such as Twitter, is clearly guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and not subject to partisan consent or regulation under a subject to democratic rule.

“Again in this context, the Minority Caucus in the National Assembly stood by the law and called on Nigerians to continue using Twitter notwithstanding the unconstitutional ban as they would not be breaking any known law in Nigeria or any international law.

The minority faction insists that instead of trying to stifle free speech in the country, the APC government should be open to the views of Nigerians and make adjustments for the good of the country.

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