In a bid to further enforce the ban on microblogging company Twitter, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has ordered all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to suspend the use of the popular microblogging platform, Twitter.
The order was issued in a statement issued by its Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday morning.
In the statement, Mr Idachaba advised television and radio stations are to de-install twitter handles and “desist from using it as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially Phone-in.”
This order is coming after the federal government suspended the operations on Twitter activities in Nigeria.
EkocityMagazine had reported how Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, announced a ban on the activities of the microblogging platform on Friday after the company deleted a controversial post by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Mohammed also ordered the NBC to “immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”
With the ban, Nigerians can only access Twitter by bypassing domain restrictions through alternative platforms.
The suspension is a result of Twitter’s deletion of Mr Buhari’s controversial tweet about the civil war which some Nigerian users flagged and Twitter said violated its rules.
In its response, the government accused the platform of bias against President Buhari and “undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”.
Read full statement below
June 6, 2021
SUSPEND TWITTER HANDLES
Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately