The Nigerian federal government has lifted the ban on Twitter, a microblogging platform, for the first time.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian government suspended the platform’s functioning in the country seven months ago, claiming that it constituted a security danger to the country.
Nigerians will be able to use Twitter again after a press statement from Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Chairman of the Technical Committee, Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), dated January 12, 2022, confirmed that the ban on the platform has been lifted.
Nigeria Lifts Twitter Ban
Read the full statement below..
“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 12am 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,” the statement added.
“In the Memo, the Minister updates and requests the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”