The Federal Government has allegedly suspended, indefinitely, the operations of microblogging and social networking platform Twitter in Nigeria.
This information was made known by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, via a press release issued on Friday by the Special Assistant To The President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Abuja, Segun Adeyemi who is also the Ministry’s spokesperson.
The information was however released on the ministry’s twitter handle.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday June 4, 2021, citing
the persistent use of the social platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“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,” the statement read.
On the 2nd of June 2021, Alhaji Lai Mohammed previously released a statement, stating that twitter has an hidden agenda in Nigeria, and it’s mission is very suspicious. This was after the social media platform took down the President’s tweet.
The tweet which has now been tagged as “Buhari’s civil war tweet”, after implying that certain people or regions in the country will be dealt with by his government.
Twitter responded and said the tweet “was in violation of the Twitter Rules. The account owner will be required to delete the violative Tweet and spend 12 hours with their account in read-only mode.”
Several reactions have followed this update on social media and Nigerian youths are reacting to the government actions.