The National Broadcasting Commission(NBC), the regulatory agency for all television and radio stations in Nigeria has directed all TV and radio stations in the country to deactivate their Twitter accounts.
The move by the NBC comes on the heels of the ban of Twitter by the Nigerian government lead by President Muhammadu Buhari, following Twitter’s decision to delete a tweet posted on the President’s handle which the tech giant considered a violation of it policies.
The acting Director-General of the NBC, Professor Armstrong Idachaba, issued the directive in a statement made available earlier today.
The statement reads in part “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”.”
However, Nigerians have defied the Twitter ban and are still making use of the platform to demand accountability from the Buhari led government, while governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has also tweeted from his official handle, in clear contravention of the ban put in place by the President with whom they share the same political party.
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