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Twitter Ban: Nigerians Still Have Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp… There’s Freedom Of Speech- Lai Mohammed

It’s no more news that the Federal Govt has suspended the operation of twitter social network in Nigeria three days ago. The ban took shape after it the social network deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s handle for violating its policy.

The Minister of information and culture, speaking on the development on Wednesday, says that Nigerians still have other social media platforms for use such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp.

Lai Mohammed still stressing his point that Twitter played a major role in the destruction that took place after the #EndSARS protest was hijacked, and as such must be sanctioned.

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Here is the quoted statement of Lai Mohammed:

“I want to repeat that it is because Twitter has consistently made its platform available to those who are threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence, that is the reason for suspending their operations in Nigeria,”

“For those that have heard that the ban is not effective, to the best of my knowledge, I think the ban is very effective. Many commentators have said suspending the operations of Twitter is like stifling freedom of expression. And I said ‘no. Twitter is just one of the many platforms through which Nigerians can express themselves. There is Facebook; there is Instagram; there’s WhatsApp; there’s Google Hangout, and others. They have not been suspended.

“When I addressed you on Wednesday, I said, among other things that Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is suspect. And I went further to say yes, that Twitter funded the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria last year. And people have challenged it. Freshreporters has gathered some fact concerning this issue and their summaries are as follows: they said the truth is that, fact checking showed that indeed, Twitter played a prominent role in helping to raise funds for the #EndSARS protesters.

“Whether they paid directly, helped to pay, or helped to raise funds, it’s a matter of semantics. So, whether he donated money himself or helped to raise money, the Twitter owner is one of those who helped to fund the #EndSARS protests that was later hijacked, leading to loss of lives and massive destruction of property.

“Like I said last Wednesday, you can see from the fact check the role of Jack Dorsey is suspect. His interest in Nigeria is inimical to our growth. Our decision to suspend Twitter has been lauded by some, it has been decried by some. But we want to make it clear that what is important to us is the sovereignty of Nigeria.”

The minister finally revealed that Twitter must register their presence in Nigeria and must be regulated by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).


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