Nigeria to Lift Twitter Ban Soon

The Federal Government has hinted the possibility of lifting the over two months suspension placed on the micro blogging platform Twitter in Nigeria soon.

This is said to be in accordance with an agreement with twitter in most areas of misunderstanding.

Minster of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this while briefing the State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Recalling that on June 5, 2021, the Federal Government had officially banned Twitter indefinitely, thus restricting it from operating in Nigeria after the platform deleted the tweets made by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Indigenous People of Biafra.

During the meeting on Wednesday, the Minister provided updates on the government’s negotiation with the micro-blogging site, saying that most of the conditions given to the platform have been accepted.

He appreciated Nigerians, and assured them that tremendous progress has been made.

“We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there. The engagement has been extremely positive without any acrimony. We have made it clear we want from Twitter”.

According to him, pending issues including Twitter setting up an office, and having Twitter staff management cadre that will serve as the country’s representative, are still being discussed.

The government is also demanding that Twitter commit itself to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and the proposal of Ombudsman between Twitter and Nigeria.

He stressed that in the area of a Nigerian office, even though Twitter has agreed to the condition, it is however maintaining that the earliest it can establish it is 2022.

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