Suspension: Twitter has reached out to us for talks, FG says

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By Henry Okonkwo

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has revealed the readiness of social media giant, Twitter, for engagements with the Federal Government.

Recall that the Federal Government suspended the operations of the microblogging platform in Nigeria on Friday citing interference in national issues.

Speaking with journalists on Wednesday after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, Mohammed said Twitter had reached out to the government seeking discussion to resolve the issue.

He said that he got the message on Wednesday morning.

The minister stressed that the microblogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

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According to him, the owner of Twitter helped to fund the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, 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.

Mohammed listed conditions that must be met even if there was 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.

He said freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

He dismissed the notion that the suspension was not effective, wondering why Twitter was losing money as a result of the action if such a view was genuine.

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