Yesterday, Nigerian and U.S Officials met in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to have a diplomatic discussion over Twitter ban.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister said the main reason behind the ban was because the platform is being used for destabilization.
“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.”
Though, Twitter is yet to publish an official statement about the issue but says it was ”deeply concerned” about the suspension of its services in Nigeria, and that it would work “to restore access for all”.
During the meeting yesterday, Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria stated that the diplomatic community is holding its position firmly.
“[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”, Mary said.
Consensus is yet to be met and for now broadcasting stations and Nigerians as a whole can only wait for a positive conclusion at the end of the day.
Despite government claims on misinformation, Twitter has played a significant role in public discourse in the country, with hashtags like #BringBackOurGirls after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014, and #EndSARS during anti-police brutality protests in 2020.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.