The federal government has lifted the ban on social media platform Twitter after 7 months that it was banned. The government made the announcement yesterday noting that services will be restored on the 13th of January,2022.
The lifting of the ban was announced by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE.
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Kashifu, in a statement in Abuja, said the approval was given following a memo written to the President by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. He said: “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 12 am 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.”
The Federal Government had suspended Twitter in Nigeria on June 4, 2021, after accusing the platform of enabling the spread of fake news and hate speech that undermined national security. The ban was announced days after the platform deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari referencing the Nigerian civil war.
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