Nigeria’s Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the operations of social media and microblogging giant Twitter in the Country, according to a statement shared released on Friday.
This comes days after Twitter removed the President’s Tweet for violating its rule. President Buhari had threatened to unleash violence on citizens from the South Eastern part of the country due to agitations and tensions arising from the call for secession and the fight against marginalization.
Tweeting from the official handle of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the president’s Special Adviser of Media Segun Adeyemi wrote:
FG Suspends @Twitter Operations in Nigeria
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 l 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 Abuja 4 June 2021