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Nigeria lifts Twitter ban

Ban had been in place since June 4 after the social media platform deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria announced that it has lifted a ban on the microblogging and social networking service Twitter in the West African country that had been in place since June 4.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, said in a statement that the government had lifted the suspension of Twitter’s operations from midnight of Jan. 13.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.

“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim,” the statement said.

The president had constituted a seven-man presidential committee to engage Twitter Inc. Subsequently, the committee established a 20-member technical committee comprising all relevant government agencies. The technical committee engaged and worked directly with the Twitter team.

Abdullahi’s statement said the government has achieved positive results in its negotiations with Twitter.
He noted that Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian culture, history and laws.

Source: AA

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