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President Buhari Directs Conditional Lifting Of Ban On Twitter

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A conditioner lifting of the ban placed on microblogging platform, Twitter, has been ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that a ban was placed on Twitter in June.

The lifting of the ban was announced in Abuja by President Buhari during his nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary on Friday, October 1.

Buhari announced that the Presidential Committee he constituted, along with its Technical Team, to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue that led to the suspension of Twitter’s activities in Nigeria had successfully addressed a number of key issues.

President Buhari described the social media as a very useful platform but regretted that some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments

He said, “Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue.

“The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are: National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence, and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content.

“Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.’’

The president stated that the government was committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety.

This comes two weeks after the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, assured that the Federal Government would lift the ban on Twitter very soon.

 

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