At last, FG lifts suspension on Twitter operations

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The federal government yesterday lifted the ban placed on Twitter operations in Nigeria over six months ago.

The chairman, technical committee Nigeria-Twitter engagement and director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi announced the suspension of the ban in a statement in Abuja.

Recall that the operation of the micro-blogging platform in Nigeria was suspended on June 4, two days after it deleted a controversial promise-of-war tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kashifu said the approval was given following a memo written to the president by the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim.

“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 Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.

“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the honourable minister of communications and digital economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

“In the memo, the minister updated and requested the president’s approval for the lifting based on the technical committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation,” he said.

Recall that after the ban, the federal government had given Twitter and other social media firms wanting to operate in Nigeria some conditions including, but not limited to registering as local entities and be licensed in the country.

NewsGazette had quoted the minister of minister of information and culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed as saying that Twitter must register as a business concern in the country as part of conditions to be met before the suspension placed on its operations could be lifted.

He said the first step was for them to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission and thereafter be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and then adhere to the conditions stipulated in their licences.

“We are insisting that for you to operate in Nigeria you must first be a Nigerian company and be licensed by the broadcasting commission.

“We have already advertised the notice to the companies concerned to apply for registration of licence.

“The cardinal thing is that Twitter must be registered in Nigeria. Twitter must stop using its platform for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria and its corporate existence.

“We are insisting that for you to operate in Nigeria you must first be a Nigerian company and be licensed by the broadcasting commission,” he stated.

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