Following Nigeria’s Twitter ban, which took effect on June 4, 2021, the Commonwealth has placed the country on its blacklist for the suspension of the microblogging platform.
The organization is keeping an eye on violations of the right to freedom of speech, access to information, the media blackout, and the rule of law.
Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General, emphasized that as one of the Commonwealth Charter’s key values and principles, all member countries must respect freedom of expression.
Her remarks came after the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) requested the Commonwealth to hold the Nigerian government accountable on June 5, 2021.
Roger Koranteng, Officer in Charge, Governance and Peace Directorate, signed Scotland’s letter to SERAP.
Scotland, while responding to this, she noted
The order came after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was removed because it broke Twitter’s guidelines, according to the company.
Citizens and TV outlets who continue to tweet also have been threatened with penalties by the federal government.