President Muhammed Buhari has directed that the ban on Twitter should lifted if the conditions of the presidential committee are met.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that Buhari made this announcement on Friday during his Independence Day nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence.
Buhari said Twitter is a very useful platform and regretted that some users have misused it to promote fake news and ethnic and religious sentiments.
Buhari said, “Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialize, and access news and other information.
“However, recent events have proved that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.
“To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the Government put measures in place to address these challenges.
“ 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 to continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.”
You would recall that in June 2021, the federal government suspended Twitter’s operation days after a tweet by the president on the 1967 civil war was deleted by the microblogging site. The tweet had threatened to treat members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the “language they understand”.