The federal government of Nigeria through National Broadcasting Commission NBC has directed all media house including broadcast stations in the country to suspend their respective tweeter account
The agency said this in support of the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over biased activities which undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria.
The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, gave the order in a statement on Monday titled: “Suspend Twitter handles.” which direct all broadcasting stations in the entire nation to “de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”
He said, “Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.
“In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially phone-in.
“Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations. Also, Section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than crime and anarchy.
Meanwhile, The Federal Government has summoned the envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union currently in Nigeria over their recent comments on the suspension of microblogging site Twitter in the West African Country.
The invitation was disclosed by Kimiebi Ebienfa of the Crisis Monitoring and Public Communications Division of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. on Monday mourning June 7 while briefing newsmen
Ebienfa said that His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama has invited the affected Ambassadors to a meeting today at 12 noon which will take place at Minister’s Conference Room, 8th Floor.