Telecom operators in Nigeria report that they have complied with the government order to terminate Twitter users from the messaging service indefinitely. That measure was imposed by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, after Twitter had deleted the Presidents account.
He had posted an offensive tweet about groups seeking independence in the Biafra region. The president blamed them for escalating violence against security forces and threatened counteraction by the military.
According to the Nigerian Government, the use of the social medium in the country is being stopped because there would be too many undermining activities. International human rights organisations and diplomats have condemned the step following previous attempts by the government of Africas most populous country to regulate social media.
The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has confirmed that its members have received formal instructions to suspend access to Twitter. The organization said in a statement that a thorough assessment of the request had been made and that members had “acted in accordance.”
Another group of local telecoms companies says theyre working with the authorities to quickly suspend Twitter.
Amnesty International condemned the move and called on Nigeria to “unlawful suspension immediately.”