The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
The action comes only two days after the social media giant removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Twitter said Buhari’s tweet, in reference to the 1967-70 civil war in the southeastern Biafra region that killed 1 million people, violated its “abusive behaviour” policy leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account.
Fast forward to the Nigerian government’s reaction, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Furthermore, the Minister added that the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.