Nigeria’s Federal Government lifts its suspension on Twitter

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The suspension imposed by the federal government on Twitter has been removed.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Chairman of the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement, announced the decision.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to tell the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the removal of the Twitter suspension in Nigeria, effective from 12 a.m. tonight, January 13th, 2022,” he added.

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“The approval came when the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim, wrote a memo to the President. The Minister updated and asked the President’s consent for the lifting in the Memo, based on the advice of the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement.”

The Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahamd, also confirmed the news on his official Facebook page. He wrote, ” 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.”

Glamsquad Magazine recalls that on June 5, 2021, the government formally stopped Twitter from operating in Nigeria. It defended the ban, stating that separatists in the southeast exploited Twitter to promote fake news and destabilize the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari announced in his Independence Day speech on October 1, 2021 that Twitter must meet the Nigerian government’s five requirements before the social media platform’s suspension is lifted. Registration, physical presence and representation in Nigeria, fair taxation, dispute resolution, and local content are all requirements for Twitter.

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