Nigeria To Lift Twitter Ban -Lai Mohammed

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lal Mohammed, has expressed Government’s willingness to lift the ban on the social networking site, Twitter.

Mohammed disclosed that some grey areas leading to the ban has been trashed out.

The Minister told the media after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday that most conditions given to Twitter have been accepted.

He said the areas still pending such as Twitter setting up an office and having a Twitter staff of management cadre that will serve as the country representative, are still being discussed.

The Minister also disclosed that on the issue of a Nigeria-based office, even though Twitter has agreed to the condition, it is, however, maintaining that the earliest it can establish that is 2022.

He expressed confidence that everything will be worked out with Twitter within “matter days or weeks”, pointing the anxiety that has been shown by Nigerians.

He said the committee negotiating with Twitter will meet on the agreement soon to make recommendations.

Oriental News Nigeria reports that on June 5, 2021, Nigeria banned Twitter’s indefinitely and  restricted it from operating in the country after it deleted tweets made by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was accused of violating its rules by warning the Indigenous People of Biafra that they “will be treated in the language they understand”.

Government interpreted the deletion of Buhari’s tweets as discourteous and hinged upon “a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real-world violent consequences”.

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