Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in his Independence Day address to Nigerians says the Twitter ban has been lifted.
Especially since recent events have shown that the social media platform serves as a medium for disseminating information, he added.
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Although many Twitter users have misused it to coordinate, organize and carry out criminal activities and propagation of fake news, and it has also been used to promote ethnic and religious sentiments, this was the reason for the ban.
A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED
The president also said that “Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. contacts the federal government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse, in addition, I am setting up the presidential committee to involve Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the problem.
The Committee, along with its technical team, engaged with Twitter and addressed many issues which include:
- Fair taxation;
- national security and cohesion;
- Registration, physical presence and representation;
- Dispute resolution; And
- Local content.
“As a result of the extensive engagements, they are addressing issues and I had ordered them to lift the suspension, but only if they meet the conditions to allow our citizens to continue using the platform for positive business and engagement.
The president added that “As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital businesses use their platform to improve the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety”
THE REASONS FOR THE SUSPENSION OF TWITTER
The federal government of Nigeria suspended Twitter’s operations in the country on the 5thns of June 2021.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension “for the sake of persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”
That the suspension will allow the government to take measures to address some challenges.
The Nigerian government’s decision came days after Twitter deleted one of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets that he posted on his personal Twitter account @MBuhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari posted a tweet thread in which he addressed the challenges of insecurity in the country.
The president in his tweet issued a serious warning to those who want to destroy the country and burn national assets, “that rude shock awaits them very soon”
Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed had ordered the National Broadcasting Commission to initiate the licensing process for all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
In another development, social media company Twitter claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet violates Twitter’s rules.
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