The Nigerian government, through the Ministry of Information and Culture, announced its decision to suspend the operations of the social networking platform Twitter in the country. The statement, made by the Minister of Information and Culture and signed by his media assistant, makes clear that telecom companies in the country are preventing Nigerians from using Twitter.
The statement from the ministry said, the Federal Government has indefinitely suspended the operations of the microblogging and social networking service Twitter in Nigeria.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture announced the continued use of the platform for activities that would undermine the presence of companies in Nigeria.
The minister said the federal government has also directed the NBC National Broadcasting Commission to immediately begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
The announcement is the culmination of the events of the past week.
Twitter has deleted tweets and videos of President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to punish a separatist organization called IPOB in the southeastern part of the country.
The threat came after Bukhari blamed her for the attacks on government buildings. He referred to the events of the civil war in Nigeria in the 1960s, which seemed to offend many Nigerians.
Buhari, who was head of state in the 1980s and served in the army against separatists, said young Nigerians in the southeastern part of the country were too young to remember the horrific events that occurred during the war.
According to his statements, the activities of the current separatists are likely to turn towards war.
Twitter chose to delete the tweet after it violated its abusive behavior policy and numerous calls by Nigerians to have it removed. Twitter also suspended the president's account, leaving it in read-only mode for 12 hours.
Following her decision, the Minister of Information and Culture spoke about the social media giant.
He said, Its decision is biased and the president has the right to express his thoughts on the events affecting the country. It also raised doubts about the platform's intention in the country. Twitter may have its own rules. But it is not a universal rule. And the
Twitter in Nigeria is very suspicious
Nigeria has proceeded to suspend the platform's operations in the country. Noting that the social media company does not have any offices in the country. Although there is no ban on social media so far, the current administration in Nigeria is no stranger to restricting access to the internet or certain websites or social media.
The ban was one of the tactics used during the EndSARS protests that rocked the country in October 2020.
Twitter said, the announcement by the Nigerian government that it has suspended Twitter's operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning. We are investigating and will provide updates when we know more. Twitter chose Ghana as its Africa headquarters when many thought the social media company might choose Nigeria.