- Foreign diplomats in Nigeria are said to be in a crucial meeting with the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama
- The envoys from the US, UK, Canada, and the European Union in Nigeria were invited to the meeting on Monday, June 7
- This meeting is coming on the heels of comments that came as reactions to the federal government's ban on Twitter
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Abuja - Envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union in Nigeria have been summoned by the federal government over their reactions to the recent ban on Twitter.
This decision was made known to journalists on Monday, June 7, by the Nigerian ministry of foreign affairs, Punch reports.
The Nation reported that a message signed by Kimiebi Ebienfa of the crisis monitoring and public communications division in the ministry read:
“I am directed to inform that following the recent ban on Twitter by the federal government and press statement issued by some heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Nigeria on the subject matter, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama has invited the affected Ambassadors to a meeting today at 12 noon."
NBC sends a crucial message to broadcasting stations over ban
Meanwhile, all the broadcast stations in Nigeria were on Monday, June 7, ordered to deactivate their Twitter handles by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Ekanem Antia, the NBC's head of public affairs, disclosed this in a statement sent to Daily Nigerian Monday in Abuja.
According to the commission, it was empowered by law to ensure strict adherence to national rules and regulations.
It added that stations were to ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a way that avoided the breakdown of order. Speaking on, the NBC noted that broadcasters should stay away from materials that may cause disaffection, undue panic, and divisive sentiments in the society.
The statement partly said:
“Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined."