The Federal Government has ordered the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all social media operations in Nigeria.
The NBC is the regulator of all radio and television stations in Nigeria.
The Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while announcing that the Federal Government has banned the operation of microblogging platform Twitter for it rule in fueling insurrection in the country.
The ban came few days after twitter deleted president muhammadu Buhari’s tweet for breaking its rule.
In a statement on Friday by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, the minister said the measure is with immediate effect, however as at the time of filing this report, twitter is still up in Nigeria.
The statement titled, ‘FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria’, read, “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”