Nigerian Govt Suspends Twitter ‘Indefinitely’

Nigerian Govt Suspends Twitter ‘Indefinitely’
Lai Mohammed

The federal government has suspended the operations of Twitter, the microblogging and social networking service, in Nigeria.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed announced the suspension in a statement issued on Friday.

This comes after Twitter deleted a controversial post by President Muhammadu Buhari referencing the country’s civil war, and threatening to treat those attacking government buildings “with the language they understand.”

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“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he wrote on Tuesday.

In a statement issued on Friday, the minister alleged that the platform is being used for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The minister also revealed that the Federal Government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all social media operations in Nigeria.