House of Rep summons Lai Mohammed over Twitter suspension

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The House of Representatives has issued a directive to four of its committees to unravel the circumstances surrounding the suspension slammed Twitter by the Federal Government.

The committees include: Communication, Justice, Information and Culture, and National Security and Intelligence.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila who communicated this development on Tuesday at the plenary said the committees will need to invite the Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to help put light to the matter.

The House meanwhile admitted that Twitter is an important tool for communication and commerce in Nigeria.

“The House of Representatives recognises that Twitter, like other social media networks, is an important tool for communication and commerce in Nigeria, particularly amongst the younger generation who have used these networks for enterprise and innovation with great success,” Gbajabiamila said.

“It is in service of our obligations under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our moral duty to the Nigerian people, that the leadership of the House has decided to mandate the House Committees on Communication, Justice, Information and Culture, and National Security and Intelligence to immediately commence an investigation to determine the circumstances of the decision by the Federal Government of Nigeria to suspend the operations of Twitter in Nigeria, and the legal authority for the ban on the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.

“The Committees are additionally mandated to invite the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to brief the House of Representatives on the objectives, intent, and duration of the suspension on the operations of Twitter in Nigeria, and to report to the House within ten days.”

The Speaker noted that the report of the committees will influence further steps to be taken by the House.

“Therefore, I urge the committees to act with speed and sound judgment to address this issue that has animated our national conversations over the last few days,” he said.

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