President Buhari orders lifting of Twitter suspension if conditions are met

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the conditional lifting of ban on microblogging giant Twitter.

The President who disclosed this in his independence day address said the Federal Government has developed policies to take advantage of the Digital Technologies that have continued to evolve daily and avoid its perils.

He added that Social Media is a very useful platform that has enabled Nigerians at home and abroad to connect, promote their businesses, socialize and access news and other information.

He however said the Federal Government will not fold its arms and allow Social media to be used as a platform to organise, coordinate criminal activities, propagate fake news, promote ethnic and religious sentiments.

He said these concerns were behind the decision by the Federal Government to ban Micro Blogging platform Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.

He added that the conditions that the Federal Government has set out for the operations of Twitter in Nigeria must be met before the ban on its operations is lifted.

He listed the conditions as involving National Security and Cohesion, Registration, Physical presence and Representation, Fair Taxation, Dispute Resolution; and Local Content.

President Buhari said the issues are being addressed and he has directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens to continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.

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