Buhari insists conditions be met to lift Twitter ban.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed a conditional suspension of the ban placed on the operations of Twitter in the country.

The President said this during his televised broadcast on Friday to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.

He listed the conditions to include the fact that Twitter must pay attention to national security and cohesion; registration, physical presence and representation in Nigeria; dispute resolution and local content.

According to the President ”Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information.”

However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.

”Rather some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities.”

Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue.”

” The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are:

”National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content.”

”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 added

On June 5, 2021, the Federal Government suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria citing that the platform was being used to propagate fake news and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.

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