The Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of Twitter in Nigeria has triggered condemnations.
The sanction against the microblogging and social networking service is indefinite.
Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday, cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
The government directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations.
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s action followed the deletion of the Nigerian leader’s tweet.
Buhari had warned those destabilizing the South-East that his government would embark on an offensive against them.
There have been several attacks on government personnel and facilities by “unknown gunmen”.
As at press time, the presidency, ministries and agencies still have their Twitter pages active. It remains to be seen if the government will order their deactivation.
The ban was also posted on the Federal Ministry of Information’s Twitter account.
Twitter users are shocked and are reacting angrily. They are accusing the authorities of being high-handed.
@Sambrojbr tweeted: Thank God No be Naija their office dey
@jamiuesho: By now, I expect Twitter to bring down all Twitter accounts of FG agencies and its officials.
@OruhNC: The first step should be for the Presidency and all MDAs to deactivate their Twitter accounts.
@Biraphil: This is the same twitter y’all cried when they setup their headquarters in Ghana instead of Nigeria. Government would’ve locked their headquarters up for hate speech by now.
@MrIsony: I hope all APC and BMC members will deactivate their twitter accounts