Defy Buhari, use Twitter, Minority lawmakers urge Nigerians

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The joint National Assembly Minority Caucus has called on Nigerians to ignore the ban placed on Twitter operations in the country by the federal government and continue using the microblogging platform.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and the Minority Leader House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu on Wednesday.

The Joint Minority Caucus also dismissed threats by the APC-led government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using twitter.

The caucus urged Nigerians to go ahead and use the microblogging site as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute.

“The Joint Minority Caucus recognizes 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), and notes that by these provisions no one will be violating any law for using twitter in Nigeria.

“As lawmakers, the Joint Caucus is pained by the anguish Nigerians, especially the youths, who find the use of twitter as a means of livelihood and genuine social interaction, are passing through just because the APC-led Federal Government feels slighted that an individual’s post, was deleted by Twitter for ethic violation,” it stated.