From Bello Wakili

Federal Government says all social media platforms must register and obtain licence before they will be allowed to operate in Nigeria.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, stated this in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the decision of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on the issue.

With particular reference to Twitter, he warned that Nigeria would not, under any guise, allow infringement on her sovereignty and corporate existence.

Alhaji Lai Muhammed said Twitter had approached the government for talks, pointing however that the talks would strictly be under its terms.

On the complaint that the ban on Twitter is an infringement on freedom of speech, the Minister advised the complainants to turn to other platforms in operation.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Mr. Niyi Adebayo, has presented to FEC the first indigenous GSM phone, which he said was completely manufactured by the Modern Skills Training Centre of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF.