The Nigerian ban on twitter may be coming to an end soon after seemingly resolving some of its differences with the social media platform.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Wednesday, signaling the end of a policy widely condemned as an affront to freedom of expression.
Recall that on June 5, 2021, the FG had officially banned Twitter’s indefinitely, thereby restricting it from operating in Nigeria after the social media platform deleted tweets made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) warning the Indigenous People of Biafra that they “will be treated in the language they understand”.
“The ban on Twitter will soon be lifted as we are getting close to reaching full agreement,” Mohammed told reporters after a cabinet meeting. “We have agreed on some areas. Hopefully in the next few days or weeks we will conclude.”
Mohammed said one outstanding issue was Nigeria’s demand that Twitter set up an office in the country. He said Twitter had agreed to this, but was saying it could not do so until 2022. parrotreporters.com
He expressed confidence that everything will be ironed out with Twitter within “a matter days or weeks”, noting the anxiety that has been shown by Nigerians.
He said the FG’s committee negotiating with Twitter will meet on the agreement soon to make recommendations.