The federal government through the office of its Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami SAN, has threatened that any Nigerian caught in the act of disobeying the federal government by continuing with the patronage of banned Twitter could be eventually prosecuted.
The federal government according to him has ordered Nigerian Mobile Operators to suspend their use of the social media App, the information as to who to be prosecuted and how to get it done has not been made available at the time of compiling this news. Though Nigerians appear not to be okay with the announcement, they took to the available social media to criticize the development.
Earlier in the day came a release from Telecoms Operators, who promised to comply with the order placed on Twitter by the federal government, it did this as a rejoinder to the decision of Twitter to delete the opinion shared by the presidency about two days earlier.
Association of Licensed Tele-communicators in Nigeria, ALTON, has confirmed the order received from the Nigerian government against the continual patronage of Twitter. ALTON is the organization saddled with the mobile network Nigerians utilize in accessing Twitter.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information announced earlier, that the activities of the social media platform had been indefinitely suspended in Nigeria. The statement didn’t mention Buhari’s tweet but stated that the
atrocity of the online medium is capable of embarrassing Nigeria’s corporate existence. Twitter confessed that the said Tweet contravenes its rule against abusive behaviour, it suspended the account for that respectively.
“The announcement made by the Nigerian Government that they have suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning,” the company said in a statement.
We’re investigating and will provide updates when we know more.”
This could not have been the best of development with Nigerians, the youths most importantly, took to their other social media pages to criticize the development. Human right activists and their organisations have risen to also see this as the least expected in a democracy, the Nigeria Bar Association threatened to sue on the refusal of the federal government to rescind the suspension the matter.