Social media company, Twitter must register in Nigeria before the ban slammed on its operations in the country is lifted, the Nigerian government has announced.
It also said Facebook, Instagram and other social media giants must register in Nigeria, if they’re to avoid hindrance in their operations in Africa’s most populous country.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the announcement after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday to the state house correspondents.
The Minister explained that one of the conditions that must be met before the Nigerian government lifts the suspension on Twitter, is that the social media firm must be registered in Nigeria as a business concern, noting that other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must also do same.
The Minister asserted that the management of the company has reached out for a “high-level discussion” to resolve the issue that led to the suspension of Twitter operations which provided a platform for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.
“Freedom of speech was not stifled by the action, adding that Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.” Mohammed said.
Mohammed who claimed that the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, helped to fund last year’s #EndSARS protest and is also allowing the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to use the medium to call for the killing of Nigerian security operatives noted that Twitter’s loss of money as a result of the suspension is an indication of its effectiveness.