To continue functioning in Nigeria, the federal government on Wednesday requested that all Over The Top (OTT) platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
While briefing State House media following a Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed also said Twitter had reached out to the federal government for negotiations on resolving the concerns that led to the suspension of its activities in Nigeria.
It also set forth restrictions that Twitter must meet before its activities in Nigeria can be resumed.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) increased its pressure on the federal government to lift the suspension, pleading with the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and others to impose visa bans on President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, and other cabinet members involved
Last Saturday, a day after Mohammed announced the ban, Malami issued a statement ordering the punishment of those who continued to tweet after the ban.
In addition, the National Assembly’s Minority Caucuses rallied in defiance of the federal government’s decision prohibiting Nigerians from tweeting.
He said: “Yes, it is true they’ve made, reached…only this morning I got, you know, communication that yes, they are now ready to hold senior-level discussions with us. Just now, I just confirmed with my colleague now. Yes, we just got the information now.“
Asked whether the government will hold the discussion with Twitter, Mohammed replied: “Why not? We will. But our conditions are already laid out to you. One, to do business in Nigeria, they must register as a Nigerian company. Two, they must be licensed and three, they will have to refrain from using the platform for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria, to the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
From there, any other issue can come up. We already talked to them.”
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