The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) ordered Nigerian broadcasting stations to suspend Twitter sponsorship immediately.
Acting NBC CEO Armstrong Idachaba gave the directive in a statement Monday, and it comes three days after the Nigerian government suspended Twitter operations in the country.
The Commission ordered all broadcasting stations to uninstall their Twitter identifiers and desist from using them as a source of information gathering for the presentation of news and programs, especially by telephone.
According to Mr. Idachaba, the order is in line with section 2 (1) of the NBC Act, which, according to him, entrusts the Commission with the responsibility of ensuring strict compliance with national laws, rules, and regulations.
“As a consequence of the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the federal government due to the persistent use of the platform for activities that may undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence, the National Broadcasting Commission orders all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to suspend the sponsorship of Twitter immediately, ”Idachaba said in the statement.
“In accordance with the above directive, broadcasters are advised to uninstall Twitter identifiers and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) for gathering information for the presentation of news and programs, especially by telephone.
“Section 3.11.2 of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code states that the broadcaster shall ensure that the application of the law is respected at all times in a matter that indicates that law and order are socially superior or more desirable than crime and anarchy.
“Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of the Code that requires Announcers to be aware of the materials that can cause disaffection, incite panic or rupture in society in the use of User Generated Content (CGU).
The NBC chief stated that it would be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to sponsor the suspended Twitter as a source of information and therefore called for strict compliance.