The Nigerian government now says twitter, and other social media platforms operating in the country must register before discussions can even be held on lifting the Twitter ban.
Minister for information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says this is one of the conditions Twitter must satisfy to be reinstated in the country.
Authorities say there will be no dialogue until Twitter, with 33 million subscribers in Nigeria, is registered as a business entity with corporate affairs commission.
The federal Government also said other social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, must be registered and pay taxes.
Friday’s decision to suspend the platform, days after twitter deleted a remark by president Muhammadu Buhari, has already provoked an international outcry over freedom of expression in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s media and activists fear their country is slipping into repression after the government suspended twitter in Africa’s most populous nation, where hyper-connected youth embraced the platform as a means of protest.
More than 120 million Nigerians have access to the internet, and nearly 40 million of them have a twitter account — 20 percent of the population, according to Lagos-based researcher NOI polls.
France, by comparison, has only eight million Twitter users.
Nigeria’s numbers are explained in part by its large and youthful population, but also the influence of its diaspora and the online fame of its film and Afropop stars, said Manon Fouriscot, co-founder of the Afrique Connectees Consultancy.
Last October, the #EndSARS protest movement against brutality by the country’s SARS — or special anti-robbery squad — police unit, which expanded into a call for broader reform, first exploded on twitter before taking to the streets.
Backed by Afropop icons with millions of subscribers, and then relayed by major international influencers, #EndSARS was the most shared hashtag in the world for two days.
The protests that followed were the largest in modern Nigerian history, raising fears of wider instability before security forces cracked down on demonstrators.
Some Nigerian broadcasters are concerned the move against twitter is part of a more general crackdown on the media.
Nigeria’s government said the twitter suspension was needed because the platform had been used for activities that could destabilize the country.
With its suspension, Nigeria joins countries like china, turkey and Myanmar that have all moved to restrict access at some time to twitter and other western social media.
Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed on Wednesday defended the ban and said twitter must register and license locally for the suspension to end.
“Nobody in actual honesty can accuse Nigeria of stifling freedom of expression if anyone wants to be honest. But there’s one line you must not cross,” he told AFP.
Abuja’s decision got a nod of support on Tuesday from former us president Donald Trump, who himself is banned from Twitter and Facebook.
His statement said “more countries should ban twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech,”.
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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai has sacked over 90 of his political appointees.
The governor revealed on Thursday nights that the state government had yet to disengage any civil servant as only agencies connected to the local government system have disengaged staff.
El Rufai in his statement to reporters listed those affected to include the 23 local government councils, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and the Primary Health Care Board.
He said ‘’So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants,” adding that “we want to be fair with regards to civil servants. We had earlier promised that before we reduce the size of the civil service, we will start with political appointees and we have done that.”
El Rufai explained that the disengaged political appointees constituted 30 per cent of the total number of political office holders in the state.
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Lagos state governor’s special adviser on central business districts, Olugbenga Oyerinde has cautioned miscreants who cut and vandalize iron barriers, railings and other government road infrastructures, to desist from the act or face prosecution.
Oyerinde gave the warning on Wednesday while supervising iron barriers and railings in the Lagos Island business district. He decried the huge loss caused by the vandals who destroy government property. He urged business owners, traders and residents to be vigilant and be security conscious.
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