Suspension: Twitter approaches FG for dialogue

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the microblogging platform, Twitter, has approached the Federal Government for dialogue with a view resolving the problem that led the suspension of its activities in Nigeria.

Mohammed made this known State House correspondents the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

According him, he got the message from Twitter seeking dialogue with the government over the suspension order on June 9.

He maintained that the social media giant was suspended because it provided an avenue for unpatriotic elements that were bent on destroying the corporate existence of Nigeria.

According him, the owner of Twitter helped fund the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, use the platform to call for the killing of security agents and destruction of public facilities.

He said Twitter failed take down Kanu’s tweets in spite of repeated requests do so.

Mohammed listed conditions that must be met even if there a discussion with Twitter including that it must now be registered in Nigeria as a business concern.

He said that other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must also be registered so that the country could be able generate revenue from their operations.

“Our decision suspend Twitter has been lauded by some; it has been decried by some.

“But let me make it clear that what’s important us the sovereignty of Nigeria and until when Twitter paused.

“And the cardinal thing is that Twitter must be registered in Nigeria, Twitter must be licenced in Nigeria and Twitter must stop using its platform for activities that are inimical the growth of Nigeria or its corporate existence.’’

According the government spokesman, freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as he maintained that Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

He also denied that the suspension is not effective, arguing that that “Twitter is losing money as a result of the action’’. (NAN)