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Ban: MTN, Glo, Airtel, others await FG’s formal order to block Twitter
The Federal Government on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who announced the suspension in a statement by his Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi, cited what he described “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
According to him, the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission “to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.” The government said the suspension would take effect soon.
The government’s decision came two days after Twitter on Wednesday deleted a controversial tweet posted by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the Biafran war of 1967-1970 during which many lives were lost.
Buhari’s statement to dissidents wrongly targeted, tragically untimely –Soyinka
Playwright, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the statement of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to civilian dissidents as wrongly targeted and tragically untimely.
The Nobel laureate stated that Buhari’s language in utterance and what was known as ‘body language’ was of a different temper at the time innocent citizens and farm destruction including mass displacement were the order of the day in Benue State. He spoke on Friday in a statement titled, “To shock and awe.’’
Buhari on June 1 vowed to shock those who he alleged of promoting insurrection, claiming that for those of them who were on the fields during the nation’s 1967 to 1970 civil war, he would treat the dissidents in the language they understand. He was referring to the secessionists in the South-East and South-South where offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission had been torched and police stations burnt.
ICYMI: Buhari scores F9 in economy, security, anti-corruption fight –Mailafia
A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has said that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), failed woefully in managing the economy, the security challenges of the country as well as in his anti-graft fight.
Mailafia spoke on Friday while featuring on a PUNCH Live interview programme. The Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the last election also said the President failed in leadership and his foreign objectives policy.
He, however, gave the Buhari regime a pass mark in infrastructure because of some road projects the government has completed and are constructing. But according to Mailafia, who said he has nothing personal with Buhari, “If you have F9 in seven subjects, I don’t think any tertiary institution or college of education can take you.”
Court stops National Assembly members from fixing own salaries
The Federal High Court in Lagos has declared that the National Assembly Service Commission has no power to fix or determine the pay of members of the National Assembly.
Rather, the court, in a judgment on Friday by Justice Chuka Obiozor, held that the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission should fix the pay of lawmakers to reflect the current economic realities in the country.
According to a statement on Friday by advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, the judgment was delivered in a lawsuit filed by two lawyers, Messrs Monday Ubani and John Nwokwu, in conjunction with over 1,500 concerned Nigerians and civil society organisations.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.