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Banning Twitter Means Buhari Has Suspended the Constitution, Says Falana

Fiery Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), says the decision of the Nigerian Government to suspend Twitter means that President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees free speech.

Falana said this in an interview with the Punch, shortly after the Federal Government of Nigeria announced that it has banned Twitter indefinitely.

The human rights lawyer further pointed out that the ban also contravenes the Freedom of Information Act, which seeks to expand information and access to it.

Mr. Falana said he is sure that Buhari’s government would soon ban international news networks like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.

He said, “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.”

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