Twitter agreement to affect Facebook, Instagram and other social media applications: Lai Mohammed


Muhammadu Buhari’s regime said the conditions for lifting the suspension imposed on Twitter would apply to all Over-The-Top platforms and other social networks in Nigeria.

“All I can say is that the recommendations we are going to make will not only be applicable to Twitter, but they will also be applicable to all OTT and other social media platforms in Nigeria.

“Today we’re dealing with Twitter, we don’t want a situation where we’re dealing with Facebook tomorrow and Instagram the next day. Our recommendations will be very comprehensive, ”said Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed.

Mr. Mohammed said it on Monday as a guest on TV Continental’s “This Morning”.

The minister, who did not disclose the recommendations pushed by the regime, said the negotiating team’s report would be submitted to Mr Buhari.

Mr. Mohammed, who led the team, however, reaffirmed that the engagements with Twitter had been positive and fruitful.

“You will recall that during the celebration of the 61st anniversary of independence, the President said that Twitter would return to Nigeria as soon as he fulfills the conditions of the government.

“Just last night, the ministerial team met under my chairmanship and we took stock.

“I mean we should wait until the committee officially reports back to the chair, but things are looking very positive and rosy.

“After submitting our reports and recommendations to the President, I will be prepared to say what we have agreed to and what has been respected and what has not,” he said.

Members of the regime’s negotiating team led by Mr. Mohammed include the ministers of public works and housing, Babatunde Fashola; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Work, Chris Ngige.

Others are the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.



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