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#TwitterBan: Suspension Will Be Lifted If It Will Be Used Responsibly – Nigerian Government

Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister says the ban on Twitter will be lifted on grounds of responsible use.

The Nigerian Government on Monday gave conditions on which the indefinite suspension of Twitter in the country would be lifted.

According to a Cable report, Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a meeting with some foreign envoys said that Twitter’s operations in Nigeria would be restored only on the basis that the platform would be used “responsibly.”

“The condition would be responsible use of the social media platform and that really has to be it,” he said when asked when the ban would be lifted, adding that there is no definite timeline for the suspension of the ban.

“We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing; why we have taken this measure is to stop them from being used as platforms for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities,” the Minister added.

On Friday, June 4, 2021, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, announced the suspension of Twitter citing the persistent use of the platform for “activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

Mohammed said the site was being used to divide citizens.

The suspension came after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial tweet was taken down by the social media platform for breaching its rules.


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