- There are indications that the federal government may be reconsidering its ban on Twitter in Nigeria
- Some days after issuing the ban, the government is now talking about the condition for lifting the suspension
- The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, June 7, said the government is avoiding a situation where the site will be used to foment trouble
PAY ATTENTION: Join Legit.ng Telegram channel! Never miss important updates!
Abuja - The federal government, in a meeting convened by the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, June 7, gave the only condition on which it will end the ban on Twitter in Nigeria.
Onyeama, who spoke with foreign diplomats in Abuja said for the President Buhari-led administration, the condition will be the responsible use of the app in the country, The Cable reports.
The minister, to make the record straight, the government is not saying that Twitter is threatening Nigeria, but that the site should not be used to destabilise the government or cause tension, PM News also reported.
“The condition would be responsible use of the social media and that really has to be it. We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing.
“Why we have taken this measure is to stop them to be used as platforms for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities."
FG summons foreign diplomats over comments on Twitter ban
Earlier, envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union in Nigeria had been summoned by the federal government over their reactions to the recent ban on Twitter.
This decision was made known to journalists on Monday, June 7, by the Nigerian ministry of foreign affairs.
A message signed by Kimiebi Ebienfa of the crisis monitoring and public communications division in the ministry read:
“I am directed to inform that following the recent ban on Twitter by the federal government and press statement issued by some heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Nigeria on the subject matter, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama has invited the affected Ambassadors to a meeting today at 12 noon."