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Freedom Of Expression Seems To Be A Threat To Leaders-Reactions As Nigeria Suspends Twitter Account

There is a report that Nigeria has suspended the use of Twitter Account in their country indefinitely. According to the DW Africa report, the decision by the Nigerian government to suspend Twitter comes two days after the social media giant deleted a remark on President Muhammadu Buhari's official account for breaking its regulations.

The suspension of Twitter in the country is indefinite as one cannot tell when the government will release the restriction. Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed today said activities on the United State of America (U.S.A) social media giant 'are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence.

This has generated a lot of controversies on social media as African youths are beginning to question what is actually happening in the continent in terms of freedom of expression. They argued that it appears freedom of speech is always a threat against politicians in the continent. But democracy is all about freedom of expression and proper accountability to the people.

But these days it seems the democracy is just used as cover by most African leaders as they are actually governing the country with autocratic rule. Any media house or individual who criticized them for their wrongs is seen as an enemy. The question is: Is Africa on a fast slippery slope towards the complete restriction of freedom of expression?

Check out some reaction from some netizens on social media:

A Facebook user known as Silver Ogwang reacted that "In Uganda, Facebook is banned, without VPN, one cannot access it. It seems in Africa freedom of expression is always a threat to leaders". If truly Facebook is banned in Uganda, then the youths of Africa need to speak against these injustices.

Another Facebook user known as Francis Kikabi also said that "Why are dictators doing the same things. Do they read from the same book? Go to the same master or watch the same dictatorship tutorials". 

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