Twitter ban: No platform should cause war here, says Lai Mohammed

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The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that had formally written to seek dialogue with Nigerian government on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country.

Mohammed said this when he featured on ‘Politics Nationwide,’ a call-in programme of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

“I can confirm that has written the Federal Government that they are to talk.

As we have always maintained, the door is not locked and we are open minded but must work toward ,” he said.

Whije reiterating the government’s position that would not any platform to be used to destabilise the country, the minister said, among conditions for Twitter to resume operation in Nigeria, there must be an agreement as to what contents could allow.

He said Twitter and platforms must also register as a Nigerian company, obtain licence from the Broadcasting Commission, as well as pay taxes.

According to him, the regulation of platforms is becoming a global practice.

The minister said, ““Singapore, Algeria, Pakistan, regulate the , Australia has done so. Even the EU that does not have particular laws on has made recommendations in a white paper.”

Mohammed said that regulation of the social was not synonymous with stifling press freedom.

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“The suspension of Twitter is to ensure that no particular platform is used to cause war in Nigeria. Secondly, it is to ensure that whoever is making money in Nigeria must be made to pay .”

House tells Reps to present opinions to panel

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has replied to some members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus have alleged that their motions, especially on the recent ban placed by the Federal Government on Twitter, are being suppressed.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Benjamin Kalu, while reacting to the allegation in a message to correspondent on Tuesday, denied the blockade of opposition members, asking the aggrieved to forward their ideas and opinions to the committee probing the ban.

Kalu said, “I am not sure this is true as it is not the Speaker that handles the bills and motions listing of the House. It is handled by the House Committee on Rules and Business under the chairmanship of Hon (Abubakar) Fulata. I am equally a member of that committee.

“Meanwhile, I contact the clerk of the committee to verify if this allegation of unlisted 40 motions and bills is true. I be amazed if it is, because the 9th Assembly is political-party-colour blind in the of bills and motions tailored to provide solutions to the hydra-headed needs of Nigeria and Nigerians. I seriously doubt this.”