Twitter: FG slams social media coy’s ‘tepid’ approach to ban

Twitter: FG slams social media coy’s ‘tepid’ approach to ban

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that Twitter is showing little enthusiasm; toward the dialogue it initiated to resolve issues leading to the suspension of its operations.

The minister said this on Friday, June 11, when he featured on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme “Good Morning Nigeria’’ in Abuja.

“I think there is a tepid approach by Twitter.

“I say tepid because, on Wednesday, I got a call from one of the foreign missions; that Twitter is ready to have a serious discussion with high-level members of government on this issue.

“But since then, mum has been the word and that is why I said tepid.

“As of today, I do not see Twitter as being sincere in its approach to resolve the issue,’’ he said.

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The minister reiterated the position that the operations of Twitter were suspended indefinitely because the platform was being used to promote the views of those who want the country to be divided.

He said the action taken by the government was neither because Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s message nor it chose Ghana above Nigeria as a preferred location for its regional headquarters.

“Whether they are in Ghana or in Nigeria or anywhere else; if they allow their platform to be used to destabilise Nigeria, we will do the same.

“Of what importance will the investment be to us if they destroy our country,’’ he said.

For the many youths who said their livelihood depended on Twitter, the minister said, there must be a country for them to earn a living.

He said if twitter was allowed to plunge the country into war with its activities, every Nigerian; including the youth would pay dearly for it.

Mohammed urged the youth to take advantage of other social media platforms like Facebook; Instagram; and Google to explore their business ventures.

1st News also reported that the Federal Government suspended indefinitely; the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter in Nigeria.

Mohammed who announced the suspension cited the persistent use of the platform; for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.


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