By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
There may be light at the end of the tunnel as #Twitter has reached out to the Nigerian Government seeking high-level discussion to resolve the issue surrounding the suspension of its operation in Nigeria.
This piece of information was dropped by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who disclosed to State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
But Mohammed, who said that he got the message Wednesday morning has insisted that the microblogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people that are threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.
According to him: “the owner of #Twitter helped to fund the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to use the platform to call for the killing of policemen”.
He said #Twitter failed to take down Kanu’s tweets despite repeated requests to do so.
Prompt News reports that Mohammed listed conditions that must be met even if there is a discussion with #Twitter including that it must now be registered in Nigeria as a business concern.
Apart from #Twitter, he said other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must be registered in the country.
According to the government spokesman, freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of #Twitter as he maintained that to Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
He also denied that the suspension is not effective arguing that that Twitter is losing money as a result of the action.