Buhari gives conditions for lifting Twitter ban   

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The suspension of the operations of Twitter in Nigeria will only end if specific conditions are satisfied, President Muhammadu says.

The President mentioned the conditions in his Independence Day speech on Friday.

President Buhari

“I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements,” Buhari declared in his speech.

According to the President, these conditions include “national security and cohesion; registration physical presence and representation; fair taxation; aispute resolution; and local content.”

Twitter’s operations was suspended by the Nigerian government earlier in June after the social media platform deleted a tweet by Buhari for breaching the site’s rules.

However, the Nigerian government contended that the suspension was an issue of national security and not related to the deletion of Buhari’s tweet.

The Guardian reports that the Nigerian government under Buhari has never concealed its motive to regulate social media in the country.

Twitter came to be the primary target when its CEO Jack Dorsey endorsed the #EndSARS protests against police brutality in October 2020.

Also, the social media giant agreed to cite its African headquarters in Ghana, remarking that “as a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate.”

It is anticipated that the suspension will end as soon as Twitter meets the demands of the Nigerian authorities.

In August, Lai Mohammed, Minister for information and culture said that a full agreement was in sight.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja on August 11, Mohammed said “The ban on Twitter will soon be lifted as we are getting close to reaching full agreement,”

“We have agreed on some areas, hopefully in the next few days or weeks we will conclude.”

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