Months after the controversial banning of the activity of Twitter micro blog on Nigeria’s cyberspace by the Federal Government, Center for Democracy and Development, CDD, has called on the Federal Government to reverse decision and lift the ban.
The center’s Executive Director, Mrs. Idayat Hassan in a statement she signed commended the resilience shown by Nigerians.
“As the world commemorates International Democracy Day, the Center for Democracy and Development has reflected on 22 years of democracy in Nigeria, with the conclusion that citizens have made enormous sacrifices which has sustained the democratic system in the country,” the statement read in part.
“The CDD called on Nigerians not to lose faith in democracy as it is a system that would present the best option for the country’s peace, stability and development.” she added.
Idayat described how social media contributes to democracy and strengthening citizens participation in policy dialogue and advocacy.
“Globally, technological innovations and adaptations, social media inclusive, are contributing tremendously to the cause of good governance and social good. And this is also reflective in the Nigerian experience, given the role social media has played in the electioneering campaigns and elections proper.
“Hence it is long overdue for the government to reverse the ban on Twitter. Twitter has remained one of the fertile grounds for idea incubation and strong advocacy for the right public policy and development, especially in Nigeria. Shutting it down for this length of time is inappropriate.”