The giant social media platform, Twitter is currently down in Nigeria as the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government followed through with its decision to ban its operations in Nigeria after citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the nation’s corporate existence.
Checks by EyewitnessMedia correspondent between the hours of 3a.m and 4a.m revealed that tweets were not loading across all devices.
An attempt to refresh tweets returned the message “Tweets aren’t loading right now. Try again” on mobile, while on desktop, it was “This site can’t be reached”
The Federal Government had on Friday ordered the telecommunication companies in the country to deactivate twitter by 12 midnight.
The action has however generated criticisms from globally, with members of the diplomatic community in the country issuing statements in support of freedom of speech.
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Abuja, Gill Atkinson, a few hours after the announcement by the FG tweeted: “All Nigerians have the right to freedom of speech and the responsibility not to misuse that right. Any action taken by Government must be measured, proportionate and not suppress basic freedoms.”
Her tweet was retweeted by @ukinNigeria, the Twitter handle of the British High Commission in Nigeria.
In a similar reaction, the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria, via their Twitter handle, @SwedeninNigeria wrote: “Nigerians have a constitutional right to exercise their freedom of expression and a right to access of information. This must be respected. Safeguarding free, independent media and civic spaces for democratic voices is an important part of Sweden’s #DriveForDemocracy #TwitterBan”