The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Thursday ordered all social media platforms including Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for a broadcast license.
NBC Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba, gave the directive in a newspaper advertorial published on Thursday, June 10.
The advertorial reads:
“The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) hereby directs every Online Broadcast Service provider and Social Media Platforms operating within the Nigerian State to apply and obtain broadcast licence for their service(s).
“Note that any Online Broadcast Service Provider that fails to obtain a licence will be considered an illegal entity.”
The announcement comes bare 24 hours after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced that all over-the-top service providers like Facebook, Twitter, and other microblogging sites will have to register for a license before they can operate in Nigeria.
It’s a continuation of the Federal government’s reaction to Twitter’s decision to delete a post from President Muhammadu Buhari’s handle for violating its rules.
FG suspended Twitter in Nigeria last Friday, June 4, 2021 and threatened to prosecute Nigerians caught circumventing the ban.