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Twitter Seeking High-level Talks With Nigeria To Resolve Ban—Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said the microblogging site, Twitter, has sought high-level discussion with the Federal government over last Friday’s ban of its operations in the West African country.

The minister disclosed this to correspondents after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 

According to Mohammed on Wednesday, Twitter reached out to the Nigerian government to resolve the issue. 

Mohammed said he got the message on Wednesday morning, according to Tribune. 

Responding to questions about the effectiveness of the ban, Mohammed insisted that it was effective and that Twitter had lost money. 

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He said the platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

He also accused the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey of helping to fund the recent #EndSARS protest and allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to use the platform to call for the killing of policemen.

He accised Twitter of failing to take down Kanu’s tweets despite repeated requests to do so.

Mohammed insisted that Twitter and other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must be registered in Nigeria, as one of the conditions that would now be required for their operation. 

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