Following the suspension of its activities in Nigeria for some days now, Twitter has reached out to the Federal Government seeking high-level discussion towards lifting the indefinite ban.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that he got the message from Twitter on Wednesday morning.
He insisted that the microblogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people that were threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.
According to him, the owner of Twitter helped to fund the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), 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 is 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.
According to the government spokesman, freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as he maintained that Nigerians could still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
He also denied that the suspension had not been effective, as he argued that that Twitter has been losing money as a result of the suspension in Nigeria.