Federal Government Suspends Twitter Activities in Nigeria
Twitter, a microblogging and social networking site, had its activities in Nigeria banned indefinitely by the Federal Government on Friday.The suspension of Twitter was announced in a tweet, according to Naijonline
In a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed the suspension.
The minister underlined the platform’s continued usage for activities that could jeopardize Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media businesses in Nigeria as soon as possible, according to the statement.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet about the civil war experience was deleted by Twitter, according to reports.The announcement made today is the culmination of events that have occurred over the last week.
After President Muhammadu Buhari blamed a sect named IPOB in the country’s south-east for attacks on government buildings, Twitter removed posts and videos of him threatening to punish them. He did so by referring to incidents that occurred during Nigeria’s civil war in the 1960s, which many Nigerians found distasteful.
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In a tweet on Tuesday, the President warned to deal with those who seek to destroy Nigeria through insurgency.
The president wrote in a Twitter post:, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Following significant disapproval of the tweet, the social media platform deleted the tweet on Wednesday.
Twitter claimed in a statement that the tweet breached company rules, necessitating its removal.
When the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, sponsored the #EndSARS (protests) that shook Nigeria last year, the federal government accused him of attempting to generate a crisis in the country.
The Twitter CEO also retweeted information on how to contribute to the protest funds.