Nigerian lawmakers summon Lai Mohammed for questioning over Twitter ban

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Files and Tradition, Lai Mohammed.

Nigeria’s Home of Representatives on Tuesday handed a resolution to envision the legality of the suspension of Twitter in the country. Announced on Friday, the controversial resolution has stoked national conversations and attracted global criticism over the final few days. 

The investigation by lawmakers represents the principle major switch by the legislative body on the suspension of Twitter and is derived after fresh criticism from Nigerians over the silence and inaction of the National Assembly for the rationale that ban used to be imposed.

Members of the decrease chamber obtain been “inundated with feedback relating to the resolution (suspending Twitter), requests for intervention and criticism” for the rationale that announcement, Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, acknowledged throughout the resumption of the plenary session of the Home in Abuja.

Per him, the Home recognises that Twitter, love other social media networks, is a a must obtain tool for communication and commerce in Nigeria “particularly amongst the younger abilities who obtain frail these networks for enterprise and innovation with sizable success.”

The lawmaker nonetheless cautioned that though the social media platform is critical approach of communication and industry for the younger abilities of Nigerians, the authorities has a accountability to make certain it is no longer frail to undermine national safety even as lawmakers have to see to it that authorities insurance policies are essentially based on the law and without detrimental penalties on the of us.

As segment of the investigation that would possibly perchance be conducted by the Home Committees on Verbal replace, Justice, Files & Tradition, and National Safety & Intelligence, the Minister of Tradition & Files, Lai Mohammed, has been invited to short the Home on the needs, intent, and duration of the suspension of the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.

The committees are anticipated to quiz Lai Mohammed and document to the Home within 10 days to ebook extra action by the lawmakers on the topic, Gbajabiamila acknowledged.

The embattled minister who introduced the suspension of Twitter, cited a “persistent use of the platform for actions that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” as rationalization for the ban. The U.S. social media monumental has acknowledged it is “deeply concerned” by the ban.

Nigerians proceed to use Twitter, nonetheless, attributable to Virtual Non-public Networks (VPNs) that obtain helped bypass the ban. In response, the Nigerian Attorney Unique and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the immediate prosecution of of us quiet making use of the microblogging platform. The country’s broadcast regulator has additionally ordered television and radio stations to suspend their use of Twitter.

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