National Assembly Reject Lifting Of Twitter Ban

The House of Representatives on Thursday, rejected a motion that will lift Twitter’s suspension in Nigeria.

The lawmakers took the decision while considering the report of its joint Committee that investigated the suspension of the micro-blogging site by the Federal Government.

The Nigerian Government had suspended the operation of Twitter in the country after the platform deleted one of President Buhari’s tweets. Minister of Information Lai Mohammed later said the company allows content capable of threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

The House of Reps had thereafter, mandated its Committees on Information, ICT, Intelligence, Justice and Orientation to investigate the circumstances of the suspension by the Federal Government.

Considering the report on Thursday, Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, suggested an amendment to one of the recommendations.

The recommendation asked that “the Federal Government take into cognizance the negative effect of the Twitter suspension on Nigerians who depend on the platform for their livelihood” and lift the suspension.

However, when the deputy speaker, Idris Wase, who chaired the committee, put the question o a vote, majority of members voted against the proposal.


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