Nigerian information minister, Lai Mohammed has asked all Social media companies that want to continue operating in Nigeria to register and be licensed by the country’s broadcasting commission.
Mohammed made the remarks following the government’s suspension of Twitter five days ago.
“We are insisting that for you to operate in Nigeria you must first be a Nigerian company and be licensed by the broadcasting commission,” he said.
There has not been any new law or regulation passed to enforce the new requirements.
The social media platform had deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for breaching its rules but the presidency has denied the ban was an act of retaliation.
Many privately-owned media outlets in Nigeria are disobeying an order to deactivate their Twitter accounts and accessing the site using virtual private networks.