The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has defended the suspension of Twitter, says Federal Government only suspended the microblogging network activities in Nigeria because of security and has the backing of the law.
Mohammed said this during the investigative hearing with Members of the House of Representatives joint committee on the suspension of activities of Twitter in Nigeria.
“The decision of FG to suspend the activities of Twitter is well-founded in law”, he said.
The minister cited Section 3 of the National Security Act; Section 5 (1) (2) of the Terrorism Act, 2011; Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition and Prevention) Act; the CAMA, Articles 24, 25 and 26 of the African Union on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as the laws the Executive relied on to suspend the operations of microblogging site.
Some members of the panel lamented that the decision was taken without considering its consequences on the teaming youths who relied on twitter for survival.
The joint committee, which is conducting the investigation expeditiously, is expected to submit its findings to the House soon.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the composition of the Federal Government’s Team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of
the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria.