The federal government said the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) will henceforth license all social media operations in the country.
The NBC is hitherto only charged with regulating radio and television stations in Nigeria. The add-on was announced via a statement Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s media aide, Segun Adeyemi released wherein the federal government banned the operation of twitter in Nigeria on the back of the deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet on ‘civil war’ which the micro-blogging platform considered it ran afoul of its regulation.
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.”