Nigerian Government has announced it has suspended Twitter’s operations in the country, two days after the social media platform deleted  President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet on civil war, that violate rules of the platform.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed announced the suspension in a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi, that will prevent Nigerians from access the platform. 

According to the statement, “The Federal Government has suspended indefinitely the operations of the microblogging and social networking service Twitter in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the presistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

“The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”

Why Twitter Deleted President Buhari’s tweet

The Nigeria leader from his tweeter handle, made a reference to civil war, saying “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

President Buhari’s tweet generated furore as many Nigerian took to their twitter handle accusing the president for such a reckless comment. 

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