Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami has asserted that the Twitter ban imposed by federal government in the country was done to protect nation’s interest as it is paramount above other considerations.
He said this on Thursday while hosting the High Commissioner of the Great Britain, Ms. Catriona Liang, in his office in Abuja.
The Minister and Ms. Liang discussed bilateral matters on Asset Recovery, Anti-corruption crusade, amendment of the Electoral Act, the Audit Bill, Petroleum Industry Bill, Twitter ban and counter-terrorism.
Malami said any company operating in Nigeria must understand the country’s decision and also respect it.
In a statement made by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, he said, “If you want operate as a business entity in Nigeria, you must do so within the context of Nigerian laws.”
Malami added that the Federal Government had established a committee on Twitter ban, adding that the social media site had also approached the government on the issue.
Speaking on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), the minister said necessary steps were being taken to ensure that pending Bills were transmitted to the President.
He said the fundamental interest and objective of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was to leverage on the Bills to enhance value in creating the enabling environment for investment and protect public interest for the maximum benefit of the country.