Twitter writes FG over suspension, seeks dialogue

…’Platform refused FG’s request to delete Nnamdi Kanu’s account’ – Lai Moh’d The Federal Government yesterday confirmed that Twitter has formally written to it, seeking for a dialogue on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed this when he featured on a radio programme in Abuja. The minister reiterated the government’s position that it would not tolerate any platform that would be used to destabilise the country. Mohammed said among other conditions for Twitter to resume…

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Twitter writes FG over suspension, seeks dialogue

The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that Twitter has formally written to seek for dialogue on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed this when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme in Abuja. The minister reiterated the government’s position that it would not tolerate any platform that would be used to destabilise the country. Mohammed said among other conditions for Twitter to resume operation in Nigeria, there must be an agreement as…

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TwitterBan: Twitter, Facebook, others must register in Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

As part of its controversial move to regulate social media, the Nigerian government said on Wednesday that Twitter, Facebook and other social media giants must register in the country. Information minister Lai Mohammed also said Twitter, which was recently suspended by the Nigerian government, has called for a ‘high-level’ discussion. The minister said these in Abuja while briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting. He repeated the government’s stance that Twitter was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. Mohammed claimed…

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Insecurity: “Ignore doomsday prophets, Nigeria is in safe hands” – Lai Mohammed

In spite of the current security challenges the country is battling with, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the country is in safe hands. The Minister also urged ”Nigerians not to succumb to the apocalyptic or doomsday predictions about the country because such predictions won’t come to pass”. Lai Mohammed gave the assurance yesterday while receiving the Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye in his office in Abuja. Mohammed, in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Segun Adeyemi appealed to leaders at…

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‘Nigeria needs political restructuring, not break-up’ – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government is not overwhelmed by the security challenges in the country. He stated this yesterday, while addressing a press conference in Lagos. Mohammed said the country’s security personnel have been subjected to “mindless” attacks by gunmen to instill fear and create a sense of insecurity. “Any attack on our security men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the nation,” he said. The minister said the federal government is working on a…

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‘Kidnapping, banditry not federal offences in Nigeria’ – Lai Mohammed

The Federal government says kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences in Nigeria. Addressing the media yesterday, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, made the comment in response to the statement on insecurity issued by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). “It is shocking that a Party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences”, he said. The minister informed the Party to call out the States, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested…

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FG inaugurates Digital Switch-Over in Lagos

…Liberty TV, 59 others on FreeTV platform to beam content to Lagos households   The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), has officially launched the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Lagos State, to transit from analogue to digital transmission and increase television penetration.  Picture caption: Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and other officials during the launch of DSO in Lagos. The event, which was held at Ikeja, Lagos, marked the beginning of the second phase of the roll-out of DSO across the federation. The DSO, which was delivered with the brand name ‘FreeTV,’…

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‘Nigeria’s insecurity fuelling agitations for secession’ –  Lai Moh’d

The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that banditry, the Boko Haram insurgency and general insecurity in the country are responsible for some Nigerian groups agitating for secession. The minister stated this during a Town Hall meeting in Kaduna tagged: “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria”. Mohammed said the issues of farmers, herders crisis, banditry, kidnapping among other insecurity challenges have led to increasing calls for secession in the country. According to him, “Ominously, the general state of insecurity, as reflected in incidences…

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FG targets one million jobs from digital switch-over

The Federal Government says it hopes to generate one million jobs through the Digital Switch Over, (DSO), by promoting the right content to the 24 million TV households in the country.  The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, stated this at the unveiling of DSO and analogue switch-off timetable on Thursday, in Abuja.  According to him, “It will create jobs for at least one million Nigerians in the next three years. We are not quoting this figure because we want to impress anybody. There is industry, manufacturing, innovative, content…

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Kano-Maradi rail: “Posterity will be kind to President Buhari” – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says posterity will be kind to President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on massive infrastructure development in the country. The minister stated this on Tuesday in Katsina at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Kano-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi rail project. Speaking at the ceremony, Mohammed said after a successful completion of his administration, Buhari will be remembered for leaving a legacy of massive infrastructure development in the country. He said the Kano-Maradi rail project is a further testimony to the commitment of the administration to the…

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