The Nigerian government has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations more than six months after it first declared a crackdown on the social media giant in the country. The news was announced by the local press today.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, chief executive of Nigeria’s technology agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), made the announcement via a statement. He was put in charge, as chairman, of the committee (Nigeria-Twitter Engagement Technical Committee) set up by the Nigerian government to oversee talks between the West African nation and Twitter after the ban.
In the statement, the president said the approval was given following a note written by the country’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to President Muhammadu Buhari. The statement also revealed that the ban would be lifted immediately at midnight WAT, January 13, 2022.
“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 operation Twitter in Nigeria effective 12:00 p.m. tonight, 13th January 2022 “, reads the press release. “The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim. In the memo, the Minister updated and requested the President’s approval for lifting based on the recommendation of the Nigeria-Twitter Engagement Technical Committee.
Abdullahi also noted in the statement that Twitter has agreed to establish “a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022”. It was one of three demands, out of ten, Nigeria said Twitter had not met to restore the company’s operations in the country months after the ban, as announced by the minister Nigerian Information Commissioner Lai Mohammed in August last year.
Apart from establishing a local office or legal entity in the country, other demands were to pay taxes locally and cooperate with the Nigerian government to regulate harmful content and tweets.
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