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ABUJA — After hundred days of suspending the operation of the micro-blogging, Twitter, in Nigeria, the Federal Government (FG) has pledged to restore its services in the country. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House reporters after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. He said that the government is working hard to restore Twitter’s operations in Nigeria. “Honestly, we have gone very far. I won’t be...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has extended Twitter ban in Nigeria to 100 days, and in that time frame the nation has lost N247.61bn. Recall that the Federal Government had on June 4 suspended Twitter after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari. Consequently, telcos on June 5 blocked access to Twitter after receiving a directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission. Nigeria is a member of an exclusive list of countries...

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The Digital Shrine: A Poem The digital shrine has an altar where the worshipping and slaughtering of humans take turns. It is sacred today and bloody tomorrow as humans are reverenced today and blotted out the next. Like a cow’s plight, when you reach the maturity of mistakes, the ardent worshippers will ardently draw up their swords to slaughter at a lick. When you pick salt over sugar against their law, you are either hanged...

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ABUJA — The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to redirect the proposed N4.87billion for WhatsApp monitoring to striking resident doctors. The rights group noted that part of the funds should be used to improve public healthcare facilities for the sake of poor Nigerians. In a letter dated 14 August, 2021, signed by deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the body reminded Buhari of his oath of office to promote efficient and...

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ABUJA — Signifying the probable end of a widely condemned policy, the Federal Government has said the ban on Twitter will be lifted after settling its scores with the American microblogging site. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed announced this while speaking with the State House correspondents on Wednesday. He stated that while the process can last days or weeks, a positive result and conclusion can be anticipated. This announcement is coming exactly 66...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has said it will be lifting its ban on Twitter suspension in Nigeria in a matter of days. This was announced by Lai Mohammed, who was the Minister of Culture and Information, on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council Meeting which was chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The Minister disclosed that the status of the discussion with the microblogging site has reached an amicable stage, with agreements...

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YOLA —  A Chief Magistrate Court II sitting in Yola, Adamawa state on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a businessman, Ali Yakubu Numan, to 2 years, 6 months imprisonment for calling Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri “a biggest and father of all thieves in Nigeria’”. Ali Numan, had on the11th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 20th and 29th July, 2021, wrote and published on his Facebook handle abusive statements in Hausa and Fulfulde languages against the Governor. He described...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger   The Buhari administration’s June ban on Twitter in Nigeria, combined with proposals within Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the federal government to establish a “code of conduct” for Nigeria’s media to counter, among other things, “fake news,” rightly sets off alarm bells within the human rights community. Nigeria is challenged on multiple fronts: a jihadi insurrection in the North East and increasingly in the North West; quarrels over water and...

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ABUJA — The Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed recently warned Nigerians against using the Virtual Private Network (VPN), saying that it exposes user’s “data” to danger, including bank details. The position of the minister may look ridiculous to the tech experts but in reality, many Nigerians may be prone to losing their information to frauds or hackers who will exploit the ignorance of the VPN user to carry out fraudulent crimes. Ironically,...

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Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives has called for the regulation of social media in Nigeria, so as to protect all Nigerians from its negative aspect. The Speaker, who spoke on Channels Television, said the National Assembly has been contemplating regulating social media for a long time. “National Assembly has been contemplating regulation for a long time. Each time they do, people will kick. Why do you kick? They say freedom of speech,”...

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