The President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, following the indefinite suspension of Twitter from Nigeria, has on Wednesday, announced that all other social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google, and others, must now register in the country, to be able to operate, and must pay taxes from the billions they generate locally, Page 36 learnt.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated that this is part of the move to regulate the social media platforms.
He made this known, in Abuja, while briefing Journalists, after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.
His exact words: “What we are saying is that all platforms, you must register in Nigeria. You must be a corporate entity before you can do business in Nigeria.
“Whether it is Netflix, Iroko, or Facebook…they are all doing business in Nigeria, making money and they are not paying taxes. This is in addition to being able to regulate them. They are making billions of naira out of this country and they are not paying tax. That can’t be allowed to go on.
“Our conditions are laid out – To do business in Nigeria they must register as Nigerian companies.
“They must be licensed, and they will have to refrain from using the platform for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria.”
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