More than six months after the Nigerian government first announced crackdown on the social media giant in the country, it has lifted its suspension of Twitter operations. was made known through the news local press Today.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General of Nigeria’s technical agency, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), announced this through a statement. He was put in charge as chairman of the Committee (Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement) set up by the Nigerian government to oversee interactions between the West African nation and Twitter after the ban.
In the statement, the chairman said the approval was made following a memorandum written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the country’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. The statement also revealed that the ban would be lifted immediately by midnight wat, January 13, 2022.
The statement said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has directed me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has issued the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria with effect from 12 pm tonight, January 13, 2022.” The removal has been approved.” “The approval was given following a memorandum written to the President by the Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim. In the memo, the Minister updated the President’s approval for lifting based on the recommendation of the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement. and requested.
Abdullahi also said in the statement that Twitter has agreed to establish “a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022”. It was one of three requests, out of ten, that Nigeria said Twitter had failed to restore the company’s operations in the country months after the ban, as Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohamed announced in August last year.
Besides setting up a local office or legal entity in the country, other requests were paying taxes locally and cooperating with the Nigerian government to regulate content and harmful tweets.
Nerdshala reached out to Twitter for comment, but did not receive any press time.
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