The Federal Government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, today suspended, indefinitely the operations of micro-blogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
The suspension was made known in a statement titled, ‘FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria’ signed by the Special Assistant on Media, to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi.
The suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government was due to a post by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, which was deleted by Twitter.
The President had in his tweet condemned the attacks on police stations, prisons and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, especially in the South-East and that those supporting insurrection and violence in the country would be shocked.
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,”Buhari had tweeted.
Buhari’s tweet angered some Nigerians who are of the opinion that the President is threatening people from the South East with Civil War action, and promptly drew the attention of Twitter to the post .
Twitter deleted the post with a comment, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
In the statement suspending the operations of Twitter , the Minister criticised Twitter for allegedly supporting insurrection in Nigeria since last October during the #EndSARS protests that ended in the destruction of lives and properties all over the country.
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the micro-blogging 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 Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria,” the statement reads.