Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Wednesday said the microblogging platform; Twitter, has called for a high level discussion with the federal government over the recent suspension of its activities in Nigeria.
The Minister while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, declared that the ban has so far been very effective following reports of Twitter’s huge financial losses running into billions.
He maintained that Twitter has been a platform of choice for separatists to thrive and would be disallowed from operating until it is duly registered, licensed, and operates within regulations. he said Apart from Twitter, other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must also be registered in the country. According to him, freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter, adding that Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. despite criticism by Human Rights groups, insists that freedom of speech has been stifled as a result of the ban.
When the Minister was asked about the law under which Nigerians who violate the Twitter ban would be prosecuted, he refrained from answering and asked that the Attorney General of the Federation provide answers.
Speaking concerning the discussion at the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted on the ban and asked politicians to rise beyond various divisions and queue behind the country’s decision to ban the microblogging site.
concerning the payment of tax by tech giants in the country.
He explained that most of the OTT and social media platforms operating in Nigeria do not have offices either do they pay taxes for the billions earned and that Henceforth, the Federal government has resolved to ensure other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram be registered in the country and adverts have been published to this effect