The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, disclosed that the National Broadcasting Commission will commence licensing of all social media operations in Nigeria.
Mohammed disclosed this as the Federal Government suspended the operation of the micro-blogging platform, Twitter in Nigeria.
This is coming after Twitter deleted a ‘civil war’ post by President Muhammadu Buhari which the social media platform said violated its policies.
The Minister in a statement released through his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, said the measure is with immediate effect.
The statement titled, ‘FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria’, read, “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.”
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
“The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”