As part of the federal government’s move to manage social media, the FG has claimed Twitter, Facebook, as well as other social media owners doing business in Nigeria, have to sign up in the nation before being allowed to run uncontrolled.
The Minister of Details and Society, Lai Mohammed said that Twitter, which was last week put on hold, has called for a ‘ top-level’ conversation.
Mohammed said this in Abuja while doing a rundown report after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) conference.
Mohammed said he got the message that Twitter was suspended because it gave a method for people endangering the corporate existence of Nigeria.
He claimed that the manager of Twitter helped to money the recent #EndSARS objection and also enables the commander of the disallowed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to use the network to require the murder of protection operatives. He also said that Twitter fails to remove Kanu’s tweets regardless of repeated demands to do so.
Mohammed said that certain conditions must be fulfilled which includes the need to register in Nigeria as a business. According to the federal government representative, freedom of expression has not been restrained by the suspension of Twitter as he said that Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
He said Twitter is the platform of selection for a specific separatist leader who stays outside to cause problems to the authorities, armed forces, electoral payment offices, correctional centers, and so on. The Federal Government said this is being done on purpose and regularly with no effects from Twitter.