The Governments of the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Republic of Ireland, Norway and those of the European Union (EU) have called for conversation in resolving the Nigeria-Twitter face-off.
The countries made the call in a joint statement made available to journalists on Saturday in Abuja.
“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline.
“Banning systems of expression is not the answer. These measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue and expression of opinions,” they said.
The governments noted that this was particularly important in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They noted that the path to a more secured Nigeria lies in more communication to accompany the concerted efforts of Nigeria’s citizens in fulsome dialogue towards unity, peace and prosperity.
As Nigeria’s partners, we stand ready to assist in achieving these goals,” the statement read in part.