The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has stated that Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms must register in Nigeria before they can have unrestrained access to operate. He disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly-held Federal Executive Council Meeting (FEC).
He further averred that Twitter played a role during the #EndSARS protest by helping to fund the protest.
The federal government, through the Ministry of Information and Culture on Saturday indefinitely suspended Twitter in the country, two days after the President’s tweet got deleted, citing that it was due to activities that are capable of undermining the country’s corporate existence.
The Minister also claimed that Twitter has been double-standard, with the micro-blogging platform not taking down the tweets by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that have called for the killing of Nigerian security operatives .
Following the ban, the government has received several backlash from Nigerians and international bodies, calling for a reversal on the ban.
Amnesty Nigeria issued a statement through their official Twitter handle, calling on the federal government to reverse the ban. The tweet read,
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress the civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights.
This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations including under African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. #TwitterBan #Nigeria”.