The Federal Government has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The decision was announced by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE.
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In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, Kashifu noted the approval was given following a memo written to President Buhari by his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.
He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.
“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.
“In 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 ban was imposed in June of 2021 after Twitter deleted a couple of President Buhari’s tweets for violating one of its platform rules.
Some young Nigerians circumvented the ban through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
In November last year, Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said correspondence between Nigeria and Twitter had reached an advanced stage.
Mohammed noted: “We have a few more issues to resolve. Out of about 12 conditions, Twitter has been able to meet 10.
“Very soon, all issues will be resolved in a way that will be good for both our country and Twitter.”