Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in an interview on Monday said the recommended conditions for the lifting of the suspension imposed on Twitter will be applicable to all Over-The-Top and other social media platforms in Nigeria.
The minister, who did not disclose the recommendations by the Federal Government ministerial negotiation team to engage with Twitter on the suspension, said its report would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari. However, he stated that the engagements with the microblogging and social media platform had been positive and fruitful.
“All I can say is that the recommendations we are going to make will not only be applicable to Twitter but they will be applicable to all OTTs and other social media platforms in Nigeria.
Today, we are dealing with Twitter, we don’t want a situation where we will be dealing with Facebook tomorrow and Instagram the next day. Our recommendations will be very comprehensive.
You will recall that during the 61st Independence anniversary celebration, the president said Twitter will return to Nigeria as soon as they meet the conditions of government.
Even last night, the ministerial team met under my chairmanship and we reviewed the position of things.
I want to say that we should wait for the committee to officially give its reports to the president but things are looking very positive and rosy.
After submitting our reports and recommendations to the president, I will be disposed to say what we agreed and what have been met and what has not been met,’’ Lai stated.
The Federal Government of Nigeria had earlier suspended the operations of the social media platform after it deleted an offensive tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.