Twitter reacts to lifting of ban on its operations in Nigeria

The microblogging platform, Twitter, has reacted to the lifting of the ban placed on its operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government as it officially resumes.

Twitter expressed delight at the restoration of its services for everyone in Nigeria, noting that its mission in the country and around the world, is to serve the public conversation.

This is contained in a post made by Twitter while announcing its official return as well as assuring the Federal Government of its commitment to driving civic participation.

What Twitter is saying in its post

Twitter posted, “We are pleased that Twitter has been restored for everyone in Nigeria. Our mission in Nigeria and around the world is to serve the public conversation.

“We are deeply committed to Nigeria, where Twitter is used by people for commerce, cultural engagement, and civic participation.

“We’re committed to integrating diverse perspectives that make our service better for everyone.”

What you should know

It can be recalled that on January 12, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari, lifted the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria following the meeting of the conditions set by the federal government.

This is coming after 7 months after the operation of the microblogging platform was suspended in the country after President Buhari’s tweet on military operations in the South-East was deleted and for persistent use of the platform for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

While announcing the suspension of the ban, the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, said the Technical Committee engaged and worked directly with the Twitter team to resolve the issue, as the process of resolving the impasse between the Federal Government and Twitter had helped lay a foundation for a mutually beneficial future with endless possibilities.

The Federal Government after the suspension set up a dialogue team led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to interface with Twitter on the way forward.

The government and Twitter have been in negotiations since over restoring the service based on a set of conditions, including Twitter registering its operations in Nigeria.

Ayomide Oyewole

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