BREAKING: President Buhari Bans Twitter in Nigeria

BREAKING: President Buhari Bans Twitter in Nigeria

BREAKING: President Buhari Bans Twitter in Nigeria

President Major. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rted.) regime has banned Twitter’s operations across Nigeria, a move that would see telecom networks restrict access to the micro-blogging platform.

The announcement followed Twitter’s deletion of Mr Buhari’s tweets and video that threatened genocide against the Igbo-dominated South-East.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, the government said in a Twitter update.

Mr Mohammed has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria, it added.

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Twitter does not have physical offices or data farms in Nigeria, but the blocking of access to the popular network could bolster allegations of repression long ascribed to the administration.

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Mr Mohammed had condemned Twitter’s action, saying it raised suspicion about the company’s intention in Nigeria.

The Buhari administration has recently adopted the tactics of forcing telecom networks to tethered connection to websites seen as critical.

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