Nigeria lifts Twitter ban

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Twitter agrees to open office in Nigeria

By Valentine Amanze

Nigeria government has unbanned Twitter operations in the country with effect from Wednesday midnight after the social media platform agreed to open a local office, among other agreements with the government.

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, who confirmed the development in a statement, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval to lift the suspension.

He stated: “Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built…”   He further disclosed that the company would work with the federal government and the broader industry “to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries.”

“Therefore, the (federal government) lifts the suspension of the Twitter operations in Nigeria from midnight of 13th January 2022.”

Abdullahi, who also chaired a joint technical committee of Nigerian and Twitter officials, said the U.S. company agreed to appoint a country representative to engage with Nigerian authorities and comply with local tax obligations.

The Nigerian government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Telecoms companies subsequently blocked access to users in Nigeria.

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