Twitter Must Register with Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

Following the suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria, the federal government has rolled out its new terms and conditions for the microblogging website if it is to resume activities in Nigeria. The Minister of Information Lai Mohammed has made it known that the company must be registered with Nigeria.

It noted that apart from Twitter, other social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, must be registered in the country.

Speaking at a media briefing after a virtual federal executive council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, Lai Mohammed, said Twitter reached out to the federal government yesterday seeking to discuss the issue comprehensively and resolve it.

The information minister stares apart from being registered and giving the license to operate, the social media giant must desist from the act of using the platform to undermine the corporate existence of the country.

He said: “Our decision to suspend Twitter has been lauded by some; it has been decried by some. But we want to make it clear that what is important to us is the sovereignty of Nigeria.

“And until Twitter responds and the cardinal thing is that Twitter must be registered in Nigeria. Twitter must be licenced in Nigeria and Twitter must stop using its platform for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria and its corporate existence,” he stated

He clearly cited moments when Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, by his actions threatened Nigeria’s sovereignty and corporate existence. According to him, the owner of Twitter helped to fund the recent #EndSARS protest and allowed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to use the platform to call for the killing of policemen.

He disagreed with claims that suspension of Twitter is a violation of the human right – freedom of speech, saying Facebook and Instagram are other platforms for Nigerians to exercise their freedom of speech. Contrary to claims that stated that the ban isn’t affecting the company, the information minister said that was not true.

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Lai Mohammed said: He stated: “For those that have heard that the ban is not effective, to the best of my knowledge, I think the ban is very effective. Otherwise, how would they be complaining that they are losing billions of Naira everyday if the ban is not effective?

“But that is not the issue. For commentators that have said suspending the operation of Twitter is like stifling freedom of expression, I say no. Twitter is just one of the many platforms through which Nigerians can express themselves. There is Facebook, there is Instagram, there’s WhatsApp, there’s Google Hangout and others. They have not been suspended.

“And in any case, like I have said in several fora, it is because we have a country called Nigeria that we can start talking about free speech. And of course, there has to be a country before people are able to transact their businesses using social media platforms.

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