Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, said on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to stop Twitter, a microblogging website, is evidence that the president has suspended Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution.
This was said by the Senior Advocate during an interview with Punch on the federal government’s determination to ban the social networking network.
The suspension of Twitter, according to Falana, is also in conflict with the Freedom of Information Act, which aims to enhance information and access to it.
He stated that the governor of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, would soon prohibit international news networks such as CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera.
“This act has confirmed the suspension of Chapter IV of the constitution. Very soon, Nigerians will be restricted to NTA and the FRCN as the only source of information. Media like Channels TV and others have been fined for embarrassing the government and they may be proscribed soon.
“The decision of the NBC to impose fines on media houses based on an illegally amended code of the Broadcasting Code. It is a rehearsal of the imminent proscription of local media organisations that publish anything considered defamatory or seditious by the government.
“With what has happened to Twitter, other media houses like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera will also be suspended” he added.
Senior Policy Communications Manager of the social media platform for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Sarah Hart, said the company is looking into the situation in a statement on Friday.
“The announcement made by the Nigerian Government that they have suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning.