Annoyed By SaharaReporters’ Story, Lai Mohammed Vows Buhari Government Won’t Rest Until Social Media Is Regulated

Annoyed by SaharaReporters story, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, says the Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities won’t relaxation till social media platforms are regulated.

SaharaReporters had uncovered how Mohammed and Olusegun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, traveled to the US to fulfill with high executives of the favored microblogging web site, Twitter in the course of the week.

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The Buhari-led authorities on June 5, 2021, indefinitely banned Twitter, limiting it from working in Nigeria after the social media platform deleted tweets posted by the President. 

Buhari’s tweets, which many Nigerians discovered distasteful, had warned the Southeastern folks of Nigeria towards secession agenda, threatening to cope with them “in the language they understand”. His feedback referenced the Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970) by which an estimated 2 million South-Easterners died of hunger. 

However, the Nigerian authorities claimed the ban was finally based mostly on “a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real-world violent consequences.”

It additionally accused Twitter of threatening the company unity of Nigeria. 

In the video obtained by SaharaReporters, Mohammed was seen attempting to disguise himself with a baseball cap. 

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A high supply who disclosed the vacation spot and the mission of the federal government staff to SaharaReporters had stated, “You can see Lai Mohammed trying to disguise with a cap, he flew on seat 8A in the business class section of Delta Airline from Lagos to New York. 

“He flew together with his Special Assistant, Olusegun Adeyemi who took seat 8C within the enterprise class.”

Reacting in an interview with NAN, the minister admitted he traveled to the US.

He, nonetheless, claimed he went to the nation to fulfill with worldwide media organizations and suppose tanks on the achievements of Buhari’s administration, and has no deliberate assembly with Twitter high executives.

He stated, “Can a minister sneak out of Nigeria without people knowing? When you say I sneaked out of Nigeria, are you saying I went to board at a terminal where nobody is, or I traveled to the Republic of Benin to fly out of the country?

“I was at an international airport, where I presented myself openly and I was checked in at the counter like every other traveler of the airline. I boarded and passed through the checks by the immigration service and customs.

“How can you say I sneaked out of the country? You and I have been here, have I met with any Twitter official­?

“When you talk about fake news and its dangers, we need to take it seriously, and I am happy that the entire world is now seeing what we saw more than two years ago. I can assure you that we will not rest until we regulate social media. Otherwise, nobody will survive it.”

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