It appears that the prevailing ban on the operations of the micro-blogging site, Twitter in Nigeria may persist, if the decision of the Federal Government (FG) to license the medium comes to fruition.
1st News reports that the FG Wednesday disclosed that all Over The Top (OTT) platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). In addition, they must be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to continue operating in the country.
Furthermore, the FG has listed conditions that Twitter must fulfill before the lifting of the current suspension.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Mohammed was speaking while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. He noted that Twitter had reached out to the FG for talks on resolving the issues that led to the suspension of its operations in Nigeria.
“Yes, it is true they’ve made, reached…only this morning I got, you know, communication that yes; they are now ready to hold senior-level discussions with us. Just now, I just confirmed with my colleague now. Yes, we just got the information now,” he told newsmen.
However, the Minister insisted that Twitter must be registered to continue operating in Nigeria.
‘‘One, to do business in Nigeria, they must register as a Nigerian company. Two, they must be licensed and three, they will have to refrain from using the platform for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria, to the corporate existence of Nigeria.
“From there, any other issue can come up. We already talked to them.”
Mohammed added that the suspension of Twitter was not because it deleted a tweet attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari. Instead, the Minister said Twitter was suspended because it was aiding those threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence. The founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Mohammed alleged, was one of those who funded the #EndSARS protest. Also, he accused him of not taking any action against Nnamdi Kanu; leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Specifically, the Minister alleged that Nnamdi Kanu used the medium to call for the killing of policemen.