In the wake of the recent suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria appears to be making necessary efforts to ensure that all digital companies be it social media or its like don't take Nigeria for granted. The Minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who spoke to journalists today made it clear that it is not going to be business as usual in Nigeria for foreign companies that make billions of Nigeria in Nigeria yet run unregistered business in Nigeria and don't even pay tax. The Minister who spoke tough isn't happy that these foreign digital companies have ripped Nigeria of what is due to it. According to Lai Mohammed, Facebook, Twitter, IRoko, Netflix make billions of naira in Nigeria but don't pay tax to the Nigerian government. The former APC National spokesperson said that these companies are not even registered in Nigeria yet they make billions of naira from the country. Alhaji Lai said that going forward, all these companies must be registered and licensed in Nigeria and must comply to laws of Nigeria. Going further to demonstrate how strict the Nigerian government would be hence forth with social media platforms, Lai Mohammed said that they must refrain from activities that will hinder the peace and progress of Nigeria. The suspension of Twitter in Nigeria after the Social Media giant deleted the tweet of President Buhari has raised a lot of dust. Some have argued that the current administration wants to infringe on the right of expression of Nigerians.
However with the information that Twitter has reached out to Nigeria for discussions, there is hope that soon the suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria will be lifted. Twitter is one of the popular social media platforms which many Nigerians use for different purposes. It was a platform many Nigerians used during the EndSARS protest to mobilize for protest across Nigeria. Do you support the decision of the Federal Government to force digital companies like Facebook and Twitter to register as a company in Nigeria and pay tax?
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