In a report made by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), it was disclosed that the Federal Government and China’s Cyberspace Administration office discussed plans of building a Nigerian internet firewall. This development comes up few days after the ban of Twitter in Nigeria, by the Federal Government.
According to the FIJ, the Nigerian representatives in the meeting, which held on Sunday were: Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President, and Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture. The report reads:
“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 report went on to add that the conversation about a Nigerian firewall did not commence today. As a matter of fact, it started during the EndSARS protests, as the Federal Government needed a legal framework through which it could carry out its actions.