The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says that suspension of Twitter’s activities in Nigeria has been very effective, stating reports of the tech giant’s huge financial losses running into billions.
The minister made this known while addressing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
Mohammed also hinted that the management of Twitter has reached out for ‘high-level discussion with the federal government.
The Information Minister however insisted that micro-blogging site would remain banned until it is duly registered, licensed, and operates within regulations, adding that Twitter has allowed its platform for separatists to thrive.
Mohammed said despite criticism by Human Rights groups, freedom of speech has not been stifled as a result of the ban, as according to him, other social media platforms are still available for use.
He therefore called on politicians to rise beyond various divisions and queue behind the country’s decision to ban the microblogging site.
The Minister told journalists that the Federal government has resolved to ensure other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram be registered in the country, explaining that most of the OTT and social media platforms operating in Nigeria do not have offices either do they pay taxes for the billions earned.
He said despite criticism by Human Rights groups, freedom of speech has not been stifled as a result of the ban.