The Nigerian government has hinted that the ban on the microblogging site Twitter, which has been in place for more than two months, may be lifted soon.
As previously said, it has achieved an agreement with Twitter on the majority of misunderstandings.
Recall that on June 5, 2021, the Federal Government (FG) issued an indefinite ban on Twitter, effectively prohibiting it from operating in Nigeria, after the social media platform deleted tweets from President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) warning the Indigenous People of Biafra that they “will be treated in the language they understand.”
The FG saw Buhari’s tweets being deleted as impolite, citing “a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where disinformation and fake news have spread with real-world violent consequences.”
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While receiving questions from the press at the State House following Wednesday’s FEC meeting, Minister of Information and Culture Lal Mohammed updated Nigerians on the situation, indicating that progress had been made in resolving the stalemate following a series of talks.
Mohammed went over the terms of the agreement with Twitter.inc in detail, claiming that the majority of them had been accepted.
He stated that issues that are still outstanding, such as the establishment of a Twitter office and the establishment of a it’s management cadre that will act as the country representative, are still being addressed.
Even though the microblogging app consented to the criteria, the Minister revealed that the earliest it can open an office in Nigeria is 2022.
He expressed optimism that all will be resolved with Twitter within “a matter of days or weeks,” despite Nigerians’ anxiety.
He stated that the FG’s committee negotiating with Twitter will convene soon to give suggestions on the accord.