In a recent report, the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) showed that shortly after Twitter was banned in Nigeria, the Federal Government and China’s Cyberspace Administration office discussed plans to establish a Nigerian internet firewall.
This was revealed in a FIJ report published on Sunday. Nigerian representatives in the conference included Ibrahim Gambari, the President’s Chief of Staff, and Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, according to the report.
“The internet firewall will also provide the Nigerian government the ability to ban VPN, which many Nigerians use to access Twitter,” they stated. The CAC is China’s central internet regulator, censor, oversight, and control agency, reporting to the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, which is led by China’s President, Xi Jinping.
Since its inception, the CAC has regulated usernames on the Chinese Internet, licensed news information services, and banned comments that “damage national security” or “damage the nations interest.”
They went on to say that the discussion regarding a Nigerian firewall began during the EndSARS protests, when the FG needed a legal framework to carry out its measures.
Following the Federal Government’s prohibition on Twitter’s operations in Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the urgent prosecution of Nigerians who continue to use the microblogging website.