It’s no longer news that the Federal government of Nigeria indefinitely suspended the operations of Twitter in the country. And although there have been calls to revert the suspension from many Nigerians and foreign organizations, the government still stand firm on their decision. However, according to reports, the Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed that the microblogging platform rejected the government’s demand to delete the account of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Twitter Refuses FG’s Request…
During a Radio Nigeria Call-in program on Politics Nationwide, Lai Mohammed revealed that the government had demanded that Twitter should delete the account of the Leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) but instead, they refused. The minister also alleged that the microblogging platform was always authorizing the promotion of agendas that were harmful to the peaceful existence of Nigeria. The minister then used the killings and destructions in the southeast as instances that resulted from the actions of those who were against Nigeria’s peace.
In addition to that, Lai Mohammed reiterated that the suspension wasn’t solely down to the removal of the president’s tweet from the platform but it was also down to the fact that the platform was used to promote the interest of those who wanted to destabilize Nigeria.
Recall that, the whole saga began weeks ago after Twitter deleted a tweet made by President Mohammadu Buhari. The microblogging platform had claimed that Buhari’s tweet violated their policy and rule, hence its removal.
Meanwhile, following the suspension, the minister then announced in a statement that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) would henceforth license all social media operations in Nigeria. However, it’s would be interesting to see what happens in the comings days or weeks if the government will renounce the suspension on Twitter or if the microblogging platform will give in to the government’s request.
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