Nigeria’s president, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, announced that he has directed a conditional lifting of the ban placed on the operations of the micro blogging site, Twitter.
The announcement was made by President Buhari during his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence.
He acknowledged that the social media as a very useful platform but regretted that some users have misused the platform to organize, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.
In the president’s words “To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the Government put measures in place to address these challenges.
“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.