The Federal 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.
Twitter had brought down two ‘genocidal posts’ by President Muhammadu Buhari for violating the platform rules. Buhari had said that the Civil war treatment will be given to those formenting trouble in the South East, which is predominantly Igbo.
The Minister said 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.
Many Nigerians believe the decision was uncalled for since Twitter in Nigeria was the same platform Buhari and his APC comrades rode upon, dishing out their criticims against Jonathan’s administration and their own propaganda.