#TwitterBan: FG States Conditions Before Suspension On Twitter Can Be Reversed

The Federal Government has disclosed that the suspension on micro-blogging platform, Twitter, will be reversed when the company is duly registered, licensed, and operates within regulations stipulated in Nigeria. 

According to Channels TV, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this disclosure on Wednesday, June 9, after the Federal Executive Council meeting. He stressed that Twitter must register as a business in Nigeria as part of conditions to be met before its suspension can be lifted and that the social media company has reached out to the government for dialogue.

President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, equally shared the statement by the Information Minister via Facebook. 

 “The ban imposed on Twitter, will be reversed when the micro-blogging site is duly registered, licensed, and operates within regulations stipulated in Nigeria, the Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed today, after the Federal Executive Council Meeting.” he wrote.

Some of the conditions include;

  1. Register with Corporate Affairs Commission: Twitter pays no taxes to the Nigerian government despite the revenue it generates from Nigerians, the minister said the social media platform has to register with the CAC, a report by The Punch stated. 
  2. Obtain a license from the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission The information minister also stated that Twitter has to get an operation license from NBC and then adhere to the conditions stipulated in the license. 
  3. Sanitise platform: Mohammed added that Twitter must stop allowing its platform to be used for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria and its corporate existence. Meanwhile, the minister noted that the conditions he highlighted also apply to other social media platforms operating in Nigeria, including Facebook.

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