The Nigerian Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that Twitter has formally written to seek for dialogue on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed confirmed this when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“I can confirm that Twitter has written the Federal Government that they are ready to talk.
“As we have always maintained, the door is not locked and we are open-minded but Twitter must work toward it,” he said.
Mohammed said, among other conditions for Twitter to resume operations in Nigeria, there must be an agreement as to what contents it could post.
He said Twitter and other platforms must also register as other Nigerian companies, obtain license from the National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) and be guided by the rules of the licensing as well as pay taxes.
According to the minister, regulation of social media platforms is becoming a global practice.
“Singapore, Algeria, Pakistan, Turkey regulate the social media. Australia has done so. Even EU that does not have particular laws on social media has made recommendations in a white paper,” he said.