The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that Twitter is the social media platform of preference of the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu for destabilising Nigeria.
He made this known in an interview while defending the FG’s recent ban on Twitter.
He said, “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.”
“The government also directed the regulatory agency which is the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”
“The main reason for this is because of the persistent use of Twitter in particular for activities that are inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
He went further to state, as it concerns Nnamdi Kanu that: “Twitter is actually the platform of choice for the separatist leader who resides outside Nigeria but issues directives for his members to attack the symbols of authority such as policemen, soldiers, correctional centres, electoral offices and this has been done willfully and consistently without consequences using always the Twitter platform.”
You would recall that the Federal Government, had only recently suspended Twitter after it deleted a controversial post by the President.
Lai Mohammed accused Twitter of double standards for not deleting some of Kanu’s tweets which he described as capable of inciting the Public.
The Twitter ban by the FG has been described in various quarters as a deliberate restriction of the right of expression of citizens.
The international community including the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, also jointly issued a statement to condemn the action of the FG.
Twitter have however, also deleted a tweet by Kanu, where he threatened that “any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive even if it means sacrificing my people”.