NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MINORITY CAUCUS DISMISSES THREAT OF ARREST, ASKS NIGERIANS TO CONTINUE TO USE TWITTER
The Joint Minority Caucus of the Senate and the House of Representatives have dismissed threats by the Federal government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using twitter.
They are calling on Nigerians to go ahead and use their twitter as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute.
The caucus in a statement jointly signed by its leaders, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu said they met over the ban on Twitter by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and restated itheir condemnation of the embargo as draconian and unacceptable.
The caucus cited the provisions of articles 19 and 20 of the United Nations Charter on Fundamental Human Rights, which Nigeria is a signatory to, as well as provisions of Sections 39 and 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), noting that by these provisions no one will be violating any law for using twitter in Nigeria.
The lawmakers said they were disappointed by the anguish Nigerians, especially the youths, who find the use of twitter as a means of livelihood and genuine social interaction, were passing through.
The Caucus while criticizing the federal government for abandoning its duty of addressing the serious economic and security problems confronting the Nation, opined that the ban on Twitter appears to be in favour of criminal and terrorist elements, whose activities fester in an environment of suppressed information flow.
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