President Muhammadu Buhari while giving his customary independence speech this morning has announced that he has given the order to lift ban imposed on Microblogging site, Twitter provided the conditions set by the government are met.
“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,” he said.
The ban was activated in June 5th, 2021 which many attributed to the decision of Twitter to delete a tweet by the President, but the Federal Government insisted that the move had nothing to do with that and was in the interest of the nation.
After the suspension, a committee was set up by the Nigerian government which began talks with Twitter and, in August, the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said that progress had been made in the talks and the suspension will soon be lifted.
Social media platform, Twitter has responded to President Buhari’s statement saying it is looking forward to being reinstated there following “productive” discussions with the Nigerian government.
An unnamed Twitter spokesperson is quoted to have said on Friday, shortly after the president’s broadcast, that, “We continue to engage with the Nigerian government and we are committed to charting a path forward to the restoration of Twitter for everyone in Nigeria.