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President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost

President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost


President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost

President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost

THE FG has lifted the suspension on Twitter operations in Nigeria, effective at 12 a.m. today, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s consent.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Chairman, Technical Committee, Nigeria Twitter Engagement and Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), made the announcement on Wednesday.

He said the clearance came after Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami wrote a memo to the president.

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“The Federal Government of Nigeria authorizes me to tell the public that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the removal of Twitter’s suspension in Nigeria, effective at 12 a.m. on January 13, 2022,” the announcement stated.

“The clearance came when the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim, wrote a memo to the president. The minister updated and requests the president’s consent for the lifting in the document, citing the Technical Committee on Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s suggestion

Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months

“You may recall that on June 5, 2021, the Federal Government banned Twitter’s functioning following a proclamation by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture. Following that, the president formed a seven-member presidential commission to work with Twitter Inc.

“The committee then, in its wisdom, established a 20-member technical committee comprised of all relevant government entities.” The committee interacted with the Twitter staff and collaborated with them directly.

“The immediate and long-term cause of the suspension was some unscrupulous elements’ continued use of the site for subversive and criminal purposes, such as spreading fake news and polarizing Nigerians along tribal and religious lines, among other things.”

“These concerns about national security, cohesion, and the consequences of Twitter platform abuse compelled the Federal Government to suspend Twitter’s activities in Nigeria to address direct and collateral issues.”

“The new global reality is that digital platforms and their operators exert great power over our society’s fabric, social interactions, and economic decisions.” These platforms can be used as a weapon or a tool. Every country is trying to figure out how to best balance its resources.

President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost


“Every citizen’s security, privacy, social well-being, and progress are jeopardized if there is no balancing.” As a result, our decision is a conscious endeavor to re-calibrate our relationship with Twitter in order to maximize mutual benefits for our country while not jeopardizing the company’s legitimate interests. Our collaboration has been respectful, pleasant, and fruitful.

“Many Nigerians, ranging from young innovators to public-sector officials, use Twitter to engage their audiences. As a result of our collaboration, Twitter will be able to improve and develop new business models in order to reach a wider audience in Nigeria.

“While appreciating all Nigerians, particularly the bright Nigerian youngsters who have endured the long wait for a resolution to this deadlock, the Federal Government is pleased to state that the benefits derived from this shared national sacrifice are immeasurable,” the statement reads

President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost


“Continued economic and training opportunities as the company considers expanding its presence in Nigeria; a better understanding of how to use the Twitter platform effectively to improve businesses; revenue generation from the operation of Twitter in Nigeria; a smooth and coordinated relationship between the Nigerian government and Twitter leading to mutual trust; reduction of cybercriminal activities such as terrorism, cyberstalkia, and cyberstalking” are just a few of the benefits.

According to the statement, Twitter agreed to comply with all of the requirements imposed by the federal government, and all sides agreed on a timeframe for implementation, which began this week. Twitter must establish a legal entity in Nigeria by the first quarter of 2022, according to the conditions imposed by the Federal Government. The legal entity will file a registration form with the Corporations Commission (CAC).

“Twitter has agreed to appoint a designated country representative to work with Nigerian authorities,” the statement reads. A dedicated communication channel connects you directly to the global public policy team.

“Twitter has agreed to comply with all applicable tax responsibilities imposed by Nigerian law on its activities.”

“Twitter has agreed to include Nigeria to its support and law enforcement sites as a partner. The site gives government officials and Twitter personnel a direct line to regulate forbidden content that breaches Twitter’s community guidelines.

“At the same time, the law enforcement portal allows law enforcement agencies to submit a report with legal justification if they believe content breaches Nigerian laws.” When taken as a whole, they form a comprehensive compliance system.


President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost


“Twitter has agreed to act with respect for Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation is based, and to collaborate with the Federal Government and the broader industry to develop a code of conduct that is consistent with global best practices and applicable in almost all developed countries.”

“As a result, the Federal Government of Nigeria lifts the ban of Twitter activities in Nigeria, effective midnight on January 13, 2022.” We encourage all Twitter users to act ethically and avoid spreading controversial, hazardous, or disagreeable information on the platform.

“As patriotic citizens, we must remember that anything that is unlawful offline is also illegal online, and that committing a crime while using a Nigerian Internet Protocol (IP) is the same as committing a crime inside our jurisdiction.”

“Given Twitter’s impact on our democracy, economy, and the very fiber of our nation’s corporate existence, our responsibility is to adapt rather than abolish Twitter.”

“The Federal Government is dedicated to working with Twitter to do everything necessary to assist Nigerians in aligning and navigating Twitter’s algorithmic architecture in order to maximize its benefits while minimizing its risks.” In his approval, the president thanked the presidential committee, led by the Minister of Information and Culture, for supervising the technical committee and providing direction during the engagement.

President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban After 7 Months & Billions Lost

“Similarly, the presidential committee applauds the technical committee for engaging Twitter Inc. in a professional, robust, and fruitful manner. It also thanks government regulatory bodies and internet service providers for carrying out the Federal Government’s orders during the suspension.”

On June 4, 2021, the Federal Government imposed an indefinite suspension on Twitter after the service erased a message by President Buhari that it said had breached its regulations.

The post was in response to the president’s denunciation of the indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) operations, which included attacks on security officers and the burning down of police stations. Following concerns from several Twitter users, the message was taken down.

Mohammed announced the ban in a statement issued by his special assistant on media, Segun Adeyemi, who said Twitter was inciting conduct that could jeopardize the country’s security. The government’s action sparked condemnation from Nigerians, particularly by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who denounced the unjustified suspension of the social media network.

7 months after, FG lifts ban on Twitter operation

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