The government of Nigeria has in a brazen attack decided to indefinitely suspend the use of micro blogging website Twitter from the country with immediate effect.

This comes days after a tweet by the official Twitter handle of the nation's President was taken down as it was deemed offensive and was not in tandem with the social media's rules.

Two days ago, the social media giant took down a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

Interestingly the Federal Government of Nigeria used Twitter's platform to announce the suspension of the social media giants.

"The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria."

"The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence."

"The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting l Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria."

Twitter's website and app continued to work in Nigeria's capital Abuja and commercial hub Lagos on Friday.

On Wednesday, Twitter said Buhari's post threatening to punish groups blamed for attacks on government buildings had violated Twitter's "abusive behaviour"

It is also believed the move is also in reaction to Twitter's decision to cite its regional office in neighbouring Ghana instead of Africa's most populous nation Nigeria.

In April Twitter announced they were setting up its first regional office in Africa in Ghana something which did not go down with Nigeria as the Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed reacted angrily to that decision.

He then accused Twitter of being influenced by the media's misrepresentation of the country Nigeria which includes the crackdown on civil protest both online and physical.

"This is what you get when you de-market your own country," Information Minister Lai Mohammed told reporters, in a video posted on Twitter by his ministry, when asked about Twitter's decision.

"Nigerian journalists were...painting Nigeria as a hell where nobody should live," he said of coverage of the protests in which Twitter users coalesced behind the #EndSARS hashtag in reference to the widely feared Special Anti-Robbery Squad that was disbanded after abuse allegations surfaced.

"The natural expectation would have been for Nigeria to be the hub for Twitter in this part of Africa," said Mohammed.
It is also believed that the action by the Federal government of Nigeria is a pay back for Twitter's role in the #EndSARS demonstration that sort reforms in Police brutality, killings of citizens in their own country.

Demonstrators used Twitter to call for Police reforms, organize the protest and also raise funds and shared proof of Police brutalities across the nation.

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