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Nigeria Lifts Ban On Twitter

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Nigeria Lifts Ban On Twitter

The ban on Twitter, a messaging network, has been removed by Nigeria’s federal government.

The decision was made after Twitter agreed to meet all conditions set by the Nigerian government, according to a government statement. Those conditions include “managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian law” and addressing issues of operations and tax.

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Last June 2021, the Nigerian government suspended Twitter’s operations in the country, accusing the American social media giant of allowing its platform to be used “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Chairman of the Technical Committee for Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), released the following statement on the ban on twitter:

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“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 updates and requests the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

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