7 Months After, FG Lifts Ban On Twitter

January 15, 2022

Seven months after, the federal government has ordered the lifting of ban placed on the micro blogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria on June.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval to lift the ban was announced by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement, who is also the Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, he said the approval was endorsed following a memo written to the President by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

He said the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria will take effect from 12am tonight, 13th January, 2022.

According to the memo, “The minister updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

The federal government had suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the government put measures in place to address what he described as the misused of the platform.

Also, during the nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary., President Buhari ordered the conditional lifting of ban placed on the micro blogging site.

The impasse was however not resolved as Twitter Inc failed to meet some of the stringent conditions.

The President had stated that, “Recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.”

“To address these negative trends, the federal government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the government put measures in place to address these challenges. “

“ 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.”

“As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety”, he added.

— Chika Okeke is a journalist with MOC and the Publisher/ Editor of Bennyokeke.blogspot.com, an online news platform.
She joined the services of LEADERSHIP Media Group in 2008 as a Reporter where she rose through the ranks as a Senior Reporter to Deputy Editor Daily, Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Sunday and Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Friday.
During her sojourn in LEADERSHIP Media Group, she had covered the activities of FCT Area Councils, Ministries of Tourism and National Orientation, Works & Housing and Environment.
With over one decade in journalism, she was able to explore various reporting and writing techniques such as feature writing, editing, investigation and editing, with over over 300 publications to her credit.
She has covered workshops and conferences, both in Nigeria and abroad.
She is currently the Treasurer, Environment Media Correspondents Association of Nigeria (EMCAN) and a member of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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