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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Twitter ban: “We stand by our words”, Diplomatic Community tells FG

…As FG debunks plan to lift ban Ambassadors from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and Republic of Ireland have told the Federal Government that they stand by their condemnation of the indefinite suspension of the micro-blogging platform Twitter by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Ambassadors made this known yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Abuja, when they heeded the summon of the Minister, insisting that the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government violates freedom of expression of Nigerians irrespective of the government’s concerns that the…

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Twitter ban: ‘Be mature and accept criticisms’ – Gumi tells Buhari

…As Twitter deletes Nnamdi Kanu’s tweet for ‘violating rules’ Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to be mature in accepting criticisms. Gumi made the call on Saturday, while reacting to the ban on the micro-blogging and social networking service, Twitter, by the Federal Government.  Speaking with newsmen, the cleric said the Buhari-led government should “have a wide chest” in accepting criticisms from Nigerians. Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had announced the Federal Government’s suspension of Twitter’s operation in the country because…

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Twitter deletes Nnamdi Kanu’s tweet gor ‘violating rules’

Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter has deleted a post made by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdu Kanu, for ‘violating rules’ of the platform. The tweet, which was made by Kanu on June 2, was no longer available on the IPOB leader handle as of Saturday evening. The tweet seemed to have been made in reference to the Federal Government’s decision to take action regarding attacks on public buildings in the South-East, which have led to the killing of several security operatives. In the…

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Twitter ban: ‘FG’s action regressive, an overreaction’ – Newspaper Publishers

…US Mission in Nigeria says ban is against Constitution  The Newspaper Proprietors’  Association of Nigeria, (NPAN), has called for the reversal of the suspension of Twitter, describing the ban as regressive. In an issued statement by its President, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, the association called for dialogue in resolving the issues between the Federal Government and the micro-blogging platform. Recall that the Federal Government had on Friday suspended Twitter indefinitely after the social media platform deleted a tweet by the President. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, accused Twitter of promoting…

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