The federal government of Nigeria said a right group, Amnesty International Nigeria, has been under security watch list.
According to reports, the group place on security watch list following its involvement in a nationwide “revolution” protest being planned for August 5 and being promoted through #RevolutionNow.
A government source who confirmed this to PUNCH correspondent said the government was surprised that the organisation circulated a message posted on the social media by the organisers of the #revolution protest.
He said the decision to put the organisation on watch list was also taken based on its past anti-government posture.
The source said: “There is a hashtag calling for revolution. A revolution means to overthrow Nigeria’s constitution.
“Those behind the move have sent out messages that they will start the revolution on August 5 all over this country.
“Amnesty International Nigeria office retweeted that message. The issue is not with the organisers really.
“But it is surprising that Amnesty International Nigeria retweeted a message calling for a revolution and overthrowing of the nation’s Constitution. The government of Nigeria found this very shocking.
“Of course, the government has been having sleepless nights over consistent reports by Amnesty, which have been projecting the government in bad light.
“However, for the organisation to get involved in national politics and retweet such a message is alarming.
“When a Presidency official asked them whether their Twitter handle was hacked, they deleted the tweet after a few hours.
“The Presidency is watching Amnesty Nigeria because of this.”
The message, #RevolutionNow, has been trending online.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, could not be reached on the telephone for comment as of the time of filing this report.
See two of the tweets that the government complained about: