PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed discussing after the FEC meeting held on June 9, 2021, at the State House, Abuja.
The Federal Government says the management of tech giant, Twitter, has reached out for dialogue.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said this on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council.
He said Twitter reached out to the Federal Government on Wednesday morning for ‘high-level discussion.’
He declared that the ban has so far been very effective following reports of Twitter’s huge financial losses running into billions.
The Information Minister maintains that Twitter has been a platform of choice for separatists to thrive and would be disallowed from operating until it is duely registered, licensed, and operates within regulations.
Lai Mohammed addressing journalists at the State House on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
When the Minister was asked about the law under which Nigerians who violate the Twitter ban would be prosecuted, Lai refrained from answering and asked that the Attorney General of the Federation provide answers.
Speaking concerning the discussion at the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, Mohammed insisted on the ban and asked politicians to rise beyond various divisions and queue behind the country’s decision to ban the microblogging site.
– Tax Payment and Registration –
Minister Lai Mohammed also spoke concerning the payment of tax by tech giants in the country.
He explained 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.
Henceforth, the Federal government has resolved to ensure other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram be registered in the country and adverts have been published to this effect.
The information minister, despite criticism by Human Rights groups, insists that freedom of speech has not been stifled as a result of the ban.
He maintained that other social media platforms are still available for use.