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On Saturday morning between 11 am and 12 pm, as Nigerians woke up to the reality of a Twitter ban, and downloading Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to access Twitter, the Nigerian government, through the office of the Presidency, reached out to the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) to discuss plans to build an internet firewall.

The government officials present at the meeting include Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President, and Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture.

The internet firewall is a way of having a separate network for the Nigerian Internet that will give the government control over social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. This is similar to the internet filtering system China operates, called the Great Firewall.

According to CFR, “the Great Firewall, is the centre of the government’s online censorship and surveillance effort. Its methods include bandwidth throttling, keyword filtering, and blocking access to certain websites.”

The Reporters Without Borders states that the firewall makes large-scale use of Deep Packet Inspection technology, an advanced method of examining and managing network traffic. The Nigerian government seeks to establish the Nigerian Internet, which it will also control likewise.

A digital security expert told FIJ that China is the only country that deploys total Deep Packet Inspection over its cyberspace. The technology involves making use of lots of manpower.

The internet firewall will also give the Nigerian government power to block VPN, which many Nigerians are using to access Twitter. The CAC is the central internet regulator, censor, oversight and control agency for China and answers to the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, headed by Xi Jinping, China’s President. Since its existence, the CAC, which also gives approval to data by Chinese companies outside of China, regulates usernames on the Chinese Internet, licences news information services, and bans comments that “harm national security” or “harm the nations honour interest”.

The Nigerian government has in the past few years sought a way to control freedom of expression online. Towards the end of 2015, the Frivolous Petition Bill targeting online and print media as well as regulating social media posts was introduced into the Senate just 10 months after Buhari’s ascent to power. In 2019, lawmakers introduced two bills: the National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech bill and the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation and other Related Offences bill, prompting public outcry that meant they were not passed into law.

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“VPN Exposes Your Bank Account Numbers, Stop Using It,” Lai Mohammed Warns

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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has sent out a stern warning to Nigerians using Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access Twitter.

Recall that weeks ago, Federal Government suspended popular microblogging platform, Twitter, saying that the platform is capable of causing war in the country.

In a new video shared by OAK Tv, Lai Mohammed warned Nigerians to stop using VPN to access Twitter.

He further stated that VPNs can expose one’s entire data including bank account numbers which isn’t safe.

Lai Mohammed added that Nigerians should think of a way to create an app that can replace Twitter and it would be patronized by other countries.

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Lai Mohammed advises Nigerians to stop using VPN to access Twitter 🎥: OAKTV pic.twitter.com/abSYhIjMUh

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Face Real Problems, Twitter Isn’t Food — Hon. Muhammad Tells Nigerian Youths

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Fatahu Muhammad, a member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State’s Daura Federal Constituency, has justified Twitter’s ban in Nigeria.

Mr Muhammad believes that social media ought to be regulated in order for young people to prioritize Nigeria and address real-world issues. The congressman expressed displeasure in Nigerian youth, saying that Twitter was not the meal that Nigerians needed.

The congressman stated this on Tuesday during an investigation into the suspension of Twitter held by the House joint committees on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, as well as the National Security, Justice, and Commerce.

“For God sake, what is social media? Are we eating social media? Let us go back to the resources, and harvest them, and let keep this thing aside, and face the real problem in Nigeria,” he said.

He added that if Twitter was not suspended after they pulled down Buhari’s tweet, the insults to the sovereignty of Nigeria would have been more. “We should please regulate the media. If the minister did not ban Twitter on the instruction of the President, the kind of insults to the sovereignty of Nigeria from the users of Twitter would be more than what we are facing. Let us tell ourselves the truth, Nigeria comes first.

Sometimes, when I am reading tweets, I am disappointed with the youth because we are the future of Nigeria,” he added.

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NIN Enrolment: We Need N25bn To Buy Storage Servers — NIMC

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The National Identity Management Commission has proposed spending N25 billion on additional servers to store National Identity Number enrolment records. On Wednesday, it will present its proposal to the Federal Executive Council.

Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, the Director General of NIMC, revealed this on Tuesday while testifying before the Senate Public Accounts Committee, which is investigating the agency for alleged non-compliance with the Public Procurement Act in the award of a N229 million contract.

He said 57 million persons have, so far, been registered, adding that 90 servers were needed to register 100 million Nigerians. “For us to reach 100 million, we will need 90 servers. We have enrolled 57 million as of today. We will ask for N25 billion at FEC tomorrow to buy more server to take the whole of population,” he said.

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