The Federal Government of Nigeria under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has banned the operation of micro-blogging platform, Twitter in Nigeria.
This development is coming days after the platform deleted an inciting war threat made by President on his handle @MBuhari.
The site had upon pressure from Nigerians who did not find the tweet soothing, called on the CEO, Jack Dorsey to suspend Buhari’s account.
The company had taken down Buhari’s tweet with a notification – ”this goes against Twitter violation”.
Arising from that decision, presidency through the Minister for Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed on Friday, 4th June issued a release suspending the company from operating in Nigeria.
The release signed by Mr Segun Adeyemi, a Special Assistant to the President on Media on behalf of the Ministry, revealed that the government had suspended the company’s operation due to its ”persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
Also, the Federal government directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
The release reads in full,
FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria
The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday,
citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
Special Assistant To The President (Media)
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
4 June 2021