The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has joined other global press freedom organisations to call on the government of Nigeria to ensure that access to the Internet, social media platforms, SMS and all other associated communication services is unrestricted throughout the electioneering period.
The call was contained in a letter signed by 16 press freedom groups of the #KeepItOn coalition across the globe and addressed to the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The petitioners highlighted the need for the authorities to keep the Internet on as it is an enabler of other rights including freedom of expression and access to information.
Earlier this month on February 1, 2019, the government denied claims that it was planning to shut down the Internet during the country’s federal elections.
Nigeria’s presidential elections is scheduled for tomorrow, February 16, 2019.
You can access a copy of the letter submitted to the NCC here.