The federal government of Nigeria has declared indefinite suspension of Twitter’s micro-blogging activities in Nigeria.
This was announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja Friday.
The Minister said the continuous use of Twitter platform is detrimental to the corporate existence of Nigeria.
Mohammed also stated that the federal government had also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to immediately begins to process of licensing all OTT, and social media operations in Nigeria.
This was sequel to Twitter’s actions of deleting President Muhammadu Buhari’s Tweets, on Tuesday, where he had threatened to deal with secessionist “in the language they would understand”.
The social media giant had said the president’s tweet violated Twitter rules.
Nevertheless, the President released series of tweets after meeting with chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Muhammed Yakubu, on Tuesday, at the state house, where he admonished those promoting insurrection, and those sponsoring destruction of critical national assets, would soon have the shock of their lives.
The federal government further accused Twitter of suspicious mission; taking sides with members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, whom are agitating for a sovereign State.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 4, 2021