The Nigerian Government led by the President, Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.
The announcement was contained in a statement signed by the office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on 4 June 2021.
The suspension comes bare 48 hours after Twitter deleted a post by the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for violating the bird app’s “rule and policy”.
Reacting to Twitter’s action, the Nigerian Government accused the social media platform of double standards, noting that “Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule.”
And in a stunning retaliation to Twitter’s action, the 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,” the statement read.