The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday, June 4, in Abuja suggested that:
1. Twitter was suspended in the interest of Nigeria
2. The government accused the social media site of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence
3. The minister also suggested that the suspension was part of the regulation of all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The suspension of Twitter's operations in Nigerian comes shortly after the federal government criticised the social media giant for deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that warned of strong actions against secessionists.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, June 2, accused the microblogging site of bias on issues concerning Nigeria’s domestic affairs.
He said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled.
Legit.ng recalls that a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba, had asked the Nigerian government to shut down the social media site in Nigeria.
Garba in a tweet on Thursday, June 3, said Twitter should be shut down for deleting President Muhammadu Buhari's tweet.
He argued that it was wrong for the social media company to remove Buhari's tweet which contained messages meant for Nigerian people.
Meanwhile, Tunde Bakare, the senior pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari never listens to his ideas on how to move Nigeria forward.
Legit.ng reported that while speaking with BBC Yoruba, Bakare said Nigerian leaders are corrupt and have steered the country to its current state.
The fiery pastor said many people voted for Buhari because they thought that, as a former military leader, he would understand the nation’s complexities and be able to lead the country on the right path.
In another news, Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi state, has declared that he is considering the possibility of heeding calls on him to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the ruling APC.
The Nation reports that Bello stated this during a chat with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, June 3.