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FG hints at lifting Twitter ban

FG hints at lifting Twitter ban

 

The Federal Government has hinted that it will soon lift the ban on the microblogging site, Twitter.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the First Lady’s Conference room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said the engagements with the team from Twitter have been productive, and that they have agreed to open an office in Nigeria.

“The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight. We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there.

“The engagement has been extremely positive without any acrimony. We have made it clear what we want from Twitter.” he said.

According to minister, the Twitter team has also agreed to have a Country Representative that will serve as a liaison and must register with relevant regulatory agencies including the NCC.

“They (Twitter) have shown a lot of flexibility, the conversation has not been acrimonious,” Mohammed said.

The Federal government suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria on June 4 after the management of the micro-blogging site deleted tweets made by President Buhari who had threatened to treat members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the language they understand.

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