Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has reacted to the suspension of Twitter’s operation by the Nigerian government on Friday, 4th June 2021.
He noted that the suspension indicates suspension of Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Disclosing this in a conversation with The Nigerian Lawyers, Falana stated that Nigerians will soon be restricted to NTA if the current government continues to fine the media for embarrassing the government.
“This act has confirmed the suspension of Chapter IV of the constitution. Very soon, Nigerians will be restricted to NTA and the FRCN as the only source of information. Media like Channels TV and others have been fined for embarrassing the government and they may be proscribed soon.
“The decision of the NBC to impose fines on media houses based on an illegally amended code of the Broadcasting Code. It is a rehearsal of the imminent proscription of local media organisations that publish anything considered defamatory or seditious by the government.
“With what has happened to Twitter, other media houses like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera will also be suspended.” Falana said.