Lai Mohammed: Twitter has reached out to the FG for negotiation

Government officials say Twitter management has offered to talk.

Following the Federal Executive Council, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, addressed State House correspondents.

Twitter contacted the Federal Government on Wednesday morning.

Upon learning that Twitter has suffered massive financial losses worth billions, he declared that the ban had been very effective.

According to the Information Minister, Twitter has been a preferred platform for separatists to thrive and would be prohibited from operating until it is appropriately registered, licensed, and operates by applicable regulations.

He spoke to journalists at the State House on June 9, 2021.

When asked about the law that the AGF would use to prosecute Nigerians who violate the Twitter ban, Lai remained silent and requested that the Attorney General of the Federation provide answers.

Mohammed insisted on the ban during the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He urged politicians to put aside their differences and rally behind the country’s decision to prohibit the microblogging site.

Minister Lai Mohammed also addressed the issue of tech giants paying taxes in the country.

He explained that most OTT and social media platforms operating in Nigeria lack physical presence and do not pay taxes on their billions in revenue.

In the future, the Federal government intends to register all social media platforms, and advertisements are now being placed to that effect.

Despite criticism from human rights organisations, the information minister maintains that the ban has not stifled free speech.

He insisted that other social media platforms remained accessible.

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