(NNP) The Federal Government of Nigeria today announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter in the country. This action comes on the heels of the tech company’s deleting an offensive tweet from Buhari threatening Nigerians agitating for independence and security in the country with violence. The suspension was announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed. The statement was released by Mr. Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media), office of the Minister. Mohammed stated that the decision to suspend Twitter was predicated on the fact that the platform has been used to undermine the “corporate existence” of Nigeria. The government also asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ensure that all OTT and social media operations in the country are licensed with immediate effect. New Nigerian Politics was unable to reach Twitter for comments. Repeated calls to their head office in San Francisco, California went unanswered.

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