How Nnamdi Kanu Is Using Twitter To Destabilise Nigeria, Lai Mohammed

How Nnamdi Kanu Is Using Twitter To Destabilise Nigeria, Lai Mohammed

- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has justified the suspension of Twitter's operations in Nigeria

- Mohammed explained why the actions of the government against the microblogging site would benefit the country

- The Buhari regime has since come under fire for what many termed as a restriction of the right of expression

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FCT, Abuja - Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, said Nnamdi Kanu has been using the Twitter platform to destabilise Nigeria.

How Nnamdi Kanu Is Using Twitter To Destabilise Nigeria, Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed says FG had cogent reasons for suspending the use of Twitter in Nigeria. Photo: Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
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The minister told BBC News Africa during an interview on Monday, June 7, that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has adopted Twitter as his means of propagating anti-Nigerian sentiments.

He said the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence prompted the federal government to suspend the operations of the platform in the country.

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Mohammed said:

“IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in particular, his platform of choice to destabilise the country is Twitter.
“Twitter is actually the platform of choice for the separatist leader who resides outside Nigeria but issues directives for his members to attack the symbols of authority such as policemen, soldiers, correctional centres, electoral offices and this has been done willfully and consistently without consequences using always the Twitter platform.”

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Violators of the Twitter ban to be prosecuted

Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed has stated that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, has made it clear that anybody who violates the Twitter ban including, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, will be prosecuted.

Mohammed, however, explained that Malami has the prerogative to decide who to prosecute for violating the ban.

NCC says enforcing the ban not under its purview

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In another news, findings by The Punch newspaper have indicated that it is not within the duties of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who violate the order on the suspension of Twitter.

The director of public affairs of the agency, Ikechukwu Adinde, told the publication that the NCC is a regulator, adding that the commission limited itself based on the order given by the government.

He said the agency had complied with its part of the order by instructing telecom operators to disconnect users from accessing the site.

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