Richard Ginika Izuora
There is much hope that the Federal Government would soon reach an agreement with Twitter, following revelations that it has accepted seven of the ten demands necessary to lift its suspended services in Nigeria.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed dropped the hint on Friday, in Washington as he engaged various global media outlets, global think tanks, and influencers.
The Minister used the forum to properly explain governments engagement with Twitter correct wrong narratives about what is happening in Nigeria; provide first hand information about Buhari’s achievements as well as challenges facing the country.
“We believe that even the other three outstanding demands are not really about whether they agreed or not but about timing and scheduling.
“That is what gave me the confidence that we are getting nearer to an agreement,’’ he said about engagement with Twitter.
Among Governments demand from Twitter include registration as a Nigerian company; pay taxes from revenue made from the country and ensure that harmful content is regulated.
“As recently as last week, we exchanged correspondence with Twitter; and when I left home a few days ago, we are expecting a reply from them.
“It is rather, more left with Twitter to respond to grey areas that we asked them to look into.
“We are not inflexible in our negotiation with Twitter; because we recognise both the positive and negative aspects of social media,’’ the Minister stated.