Twitter ban in Nigeria lifted with conditions from the Presidency today, October 1, 2021, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
ENigeria Newspaper reports that Twitter ban in Nigeria was lifted by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday morning, October 1, 2021.
Twitter ban in Nigeria las lasted for 118 days, 17 hours, 41 minutes and few seconds as at the time of filing this report however This newspaper learned that President Buhari stated announced the development during a broadcast in Abuja on Friday to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
On June 5, the Buhari government banned Twitter’s activities in Nigeria to allow the government to put in place measures to address the social media platform’s recognized harmful trends.
President Buhari declared that the Presidential Committee he formed, along with its Technical Team, had successfully engaged Twitter to examine the potential of addressing the issue that led to the suspension of Twitter’s activity in Nigeria.
“Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue.
“The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are: National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content.
“Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.’’
President Muhammadu Buhari declared that his government is dedicated to ensuring that digital enterprises use their platforms to improve citizens’ lives, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty and cultural values, and promote online safety.
NB: as at the time of filing this report, ENigeria Newspaper can report that although President Buhari announced that Twitter ban in is lifted, the microblogging platform is yet to be functional.