The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says that the Federal Government will not stop until social media is regulated in Nigeria.
He said “we will not rest until we regulate the social media.”
He stressed that the Muhammadu Buhari administration won’t give up not until social media is regulated in Africa’s most populous country.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington on Wednesday, the minister said his official visit to the U.S. has nothing to do with the microblogging and social networking platform, as speculated by certain reports.
He noted that he was in the U.S. to meet with international media organizations and think tanks on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and efforts made so far in tackling insurgency, banditry, and all forms of criminality.
He said the online report was an example of the danger fake news and unregulated social media as it was reported that he sneaked out of Nigeria to meet with Twitter
“Can a minister sneak out of Nigeria without people knowing.
“When you say I sneaked out of Nigeria, are you saying I went to board at a terminal where nobody is or I travel to Republic of Benin to fly out of the country.
“I was at an international airport, where I presented myself openly and I was checked in at the counter like every other travelers of the airline.
“I boarded and passed through the checks by the Immigration service and Customs.
“How can you come and say I sneaked out of the country?’’.
The minister reiterated the position that the Federal Government suspended Twitter operation in the country was not because it deleted the tweet by the President as being propagated in some section of the media.
He said the operation of the microblogging medium was suspended because of its persistent use of its platform for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also underscored the need for the organization to register as a business entity and obtain licence from the National Broadcasting Commission to carry out its activities.
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