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Africa News of Saturday, 18 September 2021

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Lift ban on Twitter - CDD to Nigerian government

Nigeria banned Twitter on June 4 after it deleted a tweet of President Buhari Nigeria banned Twitter on June 4 after it deleted a tweet of President Buhari

The Center for Democracy and Development, has called on the Federal Government to lift the ban on Twitter.

Commending Nigerians for their resilience and perseverance, the group in a statement on Thursday, said despite the myriad of challenges, Nigerians had sustained the democratic system.

The statement was signed by the group’s director, Idayat Hassan.It read in part, “As the world commemorates International Democracy Day, the Center for Democracy and Development has reflected on 22 years of democracy in Nigeria, with the conclusion that citizens have made enormous sacrifices which has sustained the democratic system in the country.

“The CDD called on Nigerians not to lose faith in democracy as it is a system that would present the best option for the country’s peace, stability and development.”Hassan stressed the need to build strong and resilient institutions, respect the fundamental rights of citizens, and promote and protect freedom of expression and press.

She said, “Globally, technological innovations and adaptations, social media inclusive, are contributing tremendously to the cause of good governance and social good. And this is also reflective in the Nigerian experience, given the role social media has played in the electioneering campaigns and elections proper.

“Hence it is long overdue for the government to reverse the ban on Twitter. Twitter has remained one of the fertile grounds for idea incubation and strong advocacy for the right public policy and development, especially in Nigeria. Shutting it down for this length of time is inappropriate.”

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