FG Threatens To Ban Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Others

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, uncovered this before the Joint Committee on Information, Justice, and Communication of the House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja, while noting worries about the prohibition on Twitter, a microblogging website.

He asserted that any individual who wish to and advance disruptiveness in Nigeria can utilize Twitter’s foundation.

We need Twitter to be enlisted first in the country before they can work,” he said.

On whether any channel of exchange had been opened with Twitter, the priest said “we attempted to however they rebuked us. They are not known to us. They are not enlisted, yet we trust we will actually want to draw in them”, as he deplored that the association had no interest in Nigeria, yet in Ghana, while the objective market was Nigeria.

The clergyman additionally denied the broadly held assessment that the move was planned to smother free discourse and press opportunity.

“There was no goal of the government to smother free discourse in the country. The lone explanation we suspended Twitter is that it was advancing disunity. Its exercises are hostile to the solidarity of the country,” Mohammed demanded.

He added that if other online media stages like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google Hangout, and others are discovered to be empowering posts or expressions that could destabilize the country, the public authority won’t spare a moment to suspend them.

At the point when the Convener of the Coalition in Defense of Nigerian Democracy, Ariyo Dare Atoye, who was available at the conference, lifted his hand to talk, the Chairman of the Committee, Olusegun Odebunmi, dismissed him as out of hand and shut him down.

Just the clergyman would be approved to make a show, as per Odebunmi.

Ariyo expressed that he was a Nigerian and a Twitter client, and that the council administrator was inaccurate in dismissing him as out of hand.

The lobbyist proceeded to say that the National Assembly is for all Nigerians, and that he was there to see the examination and pose inquiries as a Nigerian.

He guaranteed that the pastor’s show was erroneous, and that when he was in resistance, he guarded the need for Nigeria to have free media.

He was bewildered regarding how a similar individual could change for the time being into a defender of web-based media guideline.

In the interim, a few board of trustees individuals raised caution over the chief’s transition to boycott Twitter, asserting that the nation was very nearly autocracy.


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