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Twitterban: Muslim Students Back FG, Says It’s Best for Nigerians

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Students, under the aegis of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) on Tuesday threw their weight behind Federal Government over ban placed on Twitter, saying the decision was in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

The Amir (president) of the MSSNLagos, Miftahudeen Thanni, in a notice to its organs contained in a press statement made available to journalists directed all its organs to immediately suspend usage of the platform.

As part of its endorsement, the student body asked its area councils, branches, and professional fora in local governments, schools, and higher institutions across Lagos State to suspend the use of Twitter for publicity and other operations.

The statement reads in part, “Kindly suspend the addition of Twitter handles/addresses and icon(s) on MSSNLagos publicity materials (texts, electronic or printed). This notice is hereby directed to the leadership of all organs and hierarchies in the Area Unit. This takes immediate effect.”

Thanni explained that while the federal government may not be doing enough in other areas, such as security, the MSSNLagos was convinced that defying the government’s directive suspending Twitter was unnecessary.

He explained that though Muslim students have been victims of human rights violations and harassment through the denial of their rights to wear the hijab, the recent moves by the federal government are needed in securing lives and property.

According to him, no sane organisation would support actions against freedom of expression and association and the Federal Government must avoid policies and actions against press freedom. This is despite that the unity of Nigeria is paramount and must be defended.

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