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Twitter ban: Nigeria in talks with U.S officials in Abuja



NIGERIAN officials and U.S diplomatic officials has met over the former’s ban on Twitter in the country.

  The suspension of the social media giant has sparked global outcry over what they call a threat to freedom of expression.

  Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama expressed that Africa’s most populous nation is concerned about the platform being ”used for destabilization.”

  Onyeama stated, “Why we’ve taken this measure is to see to what extent we can rebalance these media as forces of good and stop them being used as platforms for destabilization”.

  Twitter has yet to official comment on the ban, but says it was ”deeply concerned” about the suspension of its services in the country, and that it would work “to restore access for all”.

  At Monday’s meeting, US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard said the diplomatic community was firm in its position.

  The US Ambassador to Nigeria explained, “We recognize that there are issues of responsible use of social media but we remain firm on our position that free access to the ability to express oneself is actually very important”.

  Nigeria has said it was in talks with Twitter after it suspended its services in the Africa’s most populous nation.

  Earlier on Monday, the country’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) directed all TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately”.

  In a statement, NBC’s Director Armstrong Idachaba said “Broadcasting stations are hereby advised to de-install twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source of information gathering for news.”

  Idachaba stated, “It would be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronize the suspended Twitter as a source of its information.”

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