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Barely five hours of the Federal Government of Nigeria announced the suspension Twitter operations in Nigeria, Amnesty International (AI) has called for an immediate reversal.

The group described the suspension of Twitter by the federal government as “unlawful”.

Minister of Culture and Information, Lai Mohammed on Friday announced the full suspension of Twitter in Nigeria indefinitely.

According to the minister, the move was necessitated by the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

In reaction, AI said the suspension is not compatible with Nigeria’s international obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“Amnesty International condemns the Nigerian government’s suspension of Twitter in Nigeria — a social media widely used by Nigerians to exercise their human rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and access to information,” AI said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We call on the #Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress the civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights. #TwitterBan.

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

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