Suspension: FG Gives Fresh Details, Says Twitter May Resume Service Soon

Suspension: FG Gives Fresh Details, Says Twitter May Resume Service Soon

  • The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the federal government would soon reach an agreement with Twitter
  • Mohammed made this known on Wednesday, August 19, during an interview on the suspension of the social media giant
  • According to the minister, the management of Twitter has held meetings with the delegate of the government on how to resolve the issue

FCT, Abuja - Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, has said that Twitter has agreed to most of the conditions set by the Nigerian government to resume operations in the West African country.

Speaking with Bloomberg Television, the minister said the social media giant has met almost 70% of the government’s terms and conditions.

Lai Mohammed says Twitter ban may be lifted soon
The federal government has said that Twitter would resume operation in Nigeria very soon. Credit: Lai Mohammed.
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Legit.ng gathered that he said many of the terms and conditions are quite fundamental and important, adding that the government is working on a few more.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration blocked access to Twitter’s services in Africa’s most populous country on June 5, after the company deleted one of his tweets for violating its rules.

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Lai Mohammed says FG didn't suspend Twitter because it deleted President Buhari's tweet

Mohammed, however, said that the Nigerian government didn’t suspend Twitter because of the removal of Buhari’s tweet, saying that it was because of the use of the U.S. microblogging site by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The minister noted:

“Twitter became the platform of choice for a group that was targeting policemen, killing policemen, killing the military and promoting the interest of one ethnic group against another. For national security, we suspended the operations.”

Mohammed further stated that Twitter officials last met with representatives of the Nigerian government about a week ago, saying it’s been quite encouraging.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Lai Mohammed said the fact that insurgents are surrendering shows that Nigeria is winning the war against them.

It was reported that he lamented that a terrorist group like Boko Haram which is driven by ideology is difficult to overcome just like the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The minister hinted further that Nigeria having challenges in one corner of the country doesn’t qualify it as a failed state.

Source: Legit Newspaper

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