The federal government has suspended tech giant – Twitter from operating in the country.
This is in response to what has become a cat and mouse game between the Nigerian government and the American company.
Relationship between the country and Twitter worsened in October 2020 following the company’s role in the #EndSARS campaign. The protests cost the country huge destruction. The government blamed the micro-blogging app for part of the success or violence that trailed the protests.
A statement by the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, signed by his Special Adviser Segun Adeyemi on Friday says the suspension is indefinite.
The statement in full:
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