Opinion: We Will Keep Tweeting

“The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.” - Wole Soyinka

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Opinion: We Will Keep Tweeting


We are leaders of civil society organisations that work on governance, corruption, elections, digital rights & inclusion, women’s rights and journalism in Nigeria.


We strongly support statements released by various civil society organisations and other stakeholders, condemning the suspension of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria, as this represents a continued assault on the civic space and anti-democratic clampdown on free speech.


We are also aware of the statement credited to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, threatening to arrest anyone who continues to tweet after the announced suspension.


We, therefore, wish to categorically say that we, as individuals, and our organisations, do not know any law that the act of sharing information breaks, and will continue to use Twitter, other social media platforms, and other media channels, to share information and engage with citizens.


We note that Section 36(12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) makes it impossible to convict any person for a criminal offence if that offence is not defined and its penalty not prescribed in a written law. On the power of Section 36(12) which protects a fundamental human right, we therefore note and state unequivocally that the Attorney General’s statement threatening to prosecute citizens using Twitter contravenes the Constitution and is a violation of human rights and an utter abuse of power.


We stand with Nigerians who continue to exercise their fundamental human rights, especially as we will be celebrating Democracy Day on Saturday, June 12.


God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!




‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative (PIN)


‘Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, EiE Nigeria


Adebayo Raphael, Centre for Liberty


Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)


Cheta Nwanze (@chxta)


Chioma Agwuegbo, TechHerNG


Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution


Concerned Nigerians


Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa


Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAI)


Dorothy Njemanze, Executive Director, Dorothy Njemanze Foundation (DNF)


Edetean Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda


Hamzat Lawal, Connected Development [CODE] / Follow The Money


Joshua Olufemi, Founder, Dataphyte


Idayat Hassan, Executive Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)


Kolawole Oluwadare, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)


Lex Initiative for Rights Advocacy and Development (LIRAD)


Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Centre for Impact Advocacy (CiA)


Nana Nwachukwu


Nelson Olanipekun, Citizen Gavel


Olabukunola Williams, Executive Director, Education as a Vaccine


Oluwatosin Alagbe, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism


Raising New Voices Initiative


Seun Onigbinde, Director, BudgIT


Tunde Aremu


Udy Akpan, Executive Director, Youth Alive Foundation (YAF)


Y.Z Y’au, Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

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