Reps Summons Lai Mohammed over Twitter ban

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives has summoned Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, over the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.

During plenary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated its committees on Communication, Justice, Information, and Culture; and National Security and Intelligence, to immediately commence an investigation into the suspension of the operations of Twitter, a microblogging, social media platform, in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the house, said the green chamber has been “inundated with comments about the decision, requests for intervention and criticism.”

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“The House of Representatives recognizes that Twitter, like other social media networks, is an important tool for communication and commerce in Nigeria, particularly amongst the younger generation who have used these networks for enterprise and innovation with great success,” Gbajabiamila said.

The Speaker added that “it is in service of our obligations under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our moral duty to the Nigerian people” to investigate why the ban was issued.

“The committees are additionally mandated to invite the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to brief the House of Representatives on the objectives, intent, and duration of the suspension on the operations of Twitter in Nigeria, and to report to the House within ten days,” He concluded.

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There has been widespread condemnation following the federal government’s decision to indefinitely suspend the use of Twitter in the country after the social media post platform, deleted a tweet from Buhari over failure to comply with its policy.

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