The Nigerian government has ordered all broadcasting stations to decorative Twitter handles with immediate effects.
This was contained in a memo sign by Prof Armstrong Idachaba , Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), who gave the directive to broadcast stations.
Recall that the federal government has suspended the microblogging and social networking service operations, Twitter, in Nigeria.
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The Memo Reads
Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.
In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes PresentaLion especially Phone-in.
Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations. Also, section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than Crime and Anarchy.
Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user generated Content (UGC).
Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict c liance is enjoined.
Prof Armstrong Idachaba