#TwitterBan: FG Lifts Twitter Ban After Seven Months

Twitter is now accessible in Nigeria

After a seven-month suspension of the social networking site on local and Internet services in the country, Nigeria’s federal government has lifted her Twitter ban. First introduced last summer, on the 8th of June, the recently-concluded ban was enforced in response to the social media company’s decision to delete a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari which appeared to threaten violence against separatist protesters in the country’s Eastern region.

In a statement shared yesterday, hours before the ban was lifted, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency Engagement, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, shared that the decision to lift the suspension came after “Twitter agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history.”

The amicable decision reached between the federal government and the social networking platform also includes the “appointment of a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities,” the establishment of “a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022,” and a promise by Twitter “to comply with applicable tax obligations.”

For months, the country’s federal government and its current Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed maintained that the ban would not be rescinded until the social networking platform complied with its number of conditions which included but were not limited to the establishment of a Twitter Nigeria office. With the ban now lifted, Twitter is yet to say publicly whether it has agreed to any of these terms – but in a tweet, the social media company welcomed the lifting of the suspension and promised that they remained “deeply committed to Nigeria.”

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