7 things Lai Mohammed just said about Nigeria's Twitter ban

Nigeria's Minister of Information continues to defend the administration's Twitter ban in the international media.

From L-R: President Muhammadu Buhari, Jack Dorsey and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.  (PG)

The federal government suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Below are the excerpts from Mohammed's chat with the BBC:

Lai: The government has suspended indefinitely, the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because of the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence.

And government also directed the regulatory agency which is the NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT (Over The Top or streaming platforms) and social media operations in Nigeria.

Twitter is being used for activities that are inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

Lai: Particularly because IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra), Nnamdi Kanu in particular...his platform of choice to destabilise the country has been Twitter.

Twitter is the platform of choice for the separatist leader who resides outside Nigeria but issues directives to his members to attack the symbols of government authority such as policemen, such as soldiers, such as correctional centers, such as electoral offices.

And this has ben done willfully and consistently without consequences and using always the Twitter platform.

Lai: It's because there is a country called Nigeria that they have rights at all.

If the country goes up in flames and there's insecurity everywhere, then there will be no rights for everybody.

Lai: Are we supposed to use Twitter to increase the insecurity?

Lai: The Attorney General has made it clear that if anybody violates the regulation, that such a person will be prosecuted.

And this is not about any particular person. I don't think...I think it's in the realm of the Attorney General to decide who or who not to prosecute.

Lai: It's true that I have always advocated for the regulation of the social media because of the harmful effect of fake news and misinformation.

And I'm still of the same view that social media must be responsible.

Lai: I think it depends on people's understanding. What the president said...he has seen a civil war before. He fought in one. He does not want to see another civil war.

And for those who have continually beaten the drums of war, he would do everything possible, if it means for them to learn in a hard way, that it is not proper or decent to continue to beat the drums of war.

All Mr. President did was talk tough and say that he will do everything possible to ensure that there's no civil war again in the country.

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