Amnesty International has strongly condemned the federal government’s decision to shut down Twitter in Nigeria.

Amnesty International issued a statement on Friday night condemning the federal government’s suspension of a social media platform widely used by Nigerians to exercise their human rights and gain access to information.

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The group also urged Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the illegal suspension and to halt other plans to silence the media and undermine Nigerians’ civil rights.

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“Amnesty International strongly condemns the Nigerian government’s suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, a social media platform widely used by Nigerians to exercise their rights, including their freedom of expression and access to information.

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“We urge Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the illegal suspension and other plans to undermine Nigerians’ human rights.

“This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations, including those under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” according to the statement.

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