Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, says Twitter is the web-based media platform of alternative for the chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to “destabilise Nigeria”.
Mohammed made this recognized on Monday night throughout an interview with BBC Information Africa monitored by The PUNCH.
The minister, whereas defending the Federal Authorities’s Twitter ban, maintained that the regime gained’t enable any separatist set the nation on fireplace.
He stated, “The federal government has suspended indefinitely the operations of Twitter in Nigeria due to the persistent use of the platform for actions which might be able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence.
“The federal government additionally directed the regulatory company which is the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee to instantly begin the method of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
“The principle cause for that is due to the persistent use of Twitter particularly for actions which might be inimical to the company existence of Nigeria.”
Mohammed added, “IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu particularly, his platform of option to destabilise the nation is Twitter.
“Twitter is definitely the platform of alternative for the separatist chief who resides exterior Nigeria however points directives for his members to assault the symbols of authority corresponding to policemen, troopers, correctional centres, electoral workplaces and this has been finished willfully and persistently with out penalties utilizing at all times the Twitter platform.”
Mohammed famous that the Lawyer-Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, would determine the prosecution of individuals violating the Twitter ban.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Federal Authorities, final week, suspended Twitter after the micro-blogging platform deleted a controversial civil battle publish by the President, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Mohammed had accused Twitter of double requirements for sparing Kanu’s tweets but clamped down on his principal.
The San Francisco-based social media big subsequently deleted a tweet by Kanu the place he threatened that “any military they ship to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive even when it means sacrificing my individuals”. The IPOB chief has over 300,000 followers on Twitter.
The Buhari regime has since come beneath fireplace for what many termed as a restriction of the proper of expression. The worldwide neighborhood together with the European Union, the UK, the USA, Canada, amongst others have since knocked the Buhari regime for the motion however the Federal Authorities has been unyielding in its stance.
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