FG to Ban Twitter Again? Lai Mohammed Finally Gives Full Details
- Nigerians have been assured that the Federal Government will not be banning the use of social media platforms across the country
- The minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed said that the government was only monitoring the change of ownership of Twitter
- According to Mohammed, no nation will sit and watch a social media company throw it into a crisis
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The Nigerian government on Thursday, November 10, said that there is no plan to ban any social media platform.
Speaking at a joint stewardship briefing within the company of Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika in Abuja, the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed said the Nigerian government was closely monitoring the evolving developments in Twitter.
The Nation reports that Mohammed confirmed that this close monitoring follows the recent change in the ownership of the social media and microblogging site.
He also noted that the case of Twitter was well-known and there is a strong need to address issues and several inquiries arising from its sale.
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“Many of your colleagues have called to ask us what will become of our agreement with Twitter in view of the change in its ownership.
“Many have asked for our reaction following reports that there has been a spike in fake news, disinformation and hate speech since the micro-blogging site changed ownership. Many have even asked us if another ban is in the offing.
“Let me say this: We are closely monitoring the evolving developments at Twitter. It has never been our intention to ban any social media platform or stifle free speech. Not at all."
Nigeria will not allow social media platforms to cause problems for it
Further speaking, the minister said no nation across the globe will allow, any social media platform, not even Twitter, to plunge it into a state of anarchy.
“We have no intention of banning any social media platform again. But we will also not sit by and allow any platform whatsoever to throw our nation into crisis.”
"Your comment on Buhari's govt is absurd", Lai Mohammed slams PDP
The minister of information and culture had earlier berated the PDP for criticising President Buhari's government.
Mohammed stated that the current administration has quite a lot to show and be used for the APC's 2023 campaign.
The minister said the Buhari-led administration has met some milestones in agriculture, poverty reduction, and education.
"2 heads still better than 1?," Apostle Suleman drags naira in the mud over dollar exchange
In other news, the president of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman had thrown a swipe that the crashing value of the Nigerian naira.
In a tweet made on Friday, November 4, the fiery preacher compared the value of the naira to the dollar and also some of the features of the two currencies.
Suleman wondered why anyone still believes in the popular saying that "two heads are better than one".