The broadcast regulator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to shut off their Twitter accounts.
This was contained in a statement issued by its Director General, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday morning.
Idachaba said television and radio stations are advised to de-install twitter handles and “desist from using twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially Phone-in.”
TOS News reported on June 2, that Twitter deleted a controversial civil war post by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, subsequently announced the suspension of Twitter on Friday, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
The minister also ordered the NBC to “immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”
Also on Monday morning, the Federal Government through the Minister of Foreign Affair, Geoffrey Onyeama, has summoned the US, UK envoys and others over their comments on Twitter ban.