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Buhari’s Govt Unbans Twitter. ‘Welcome Back’ Messages Flood App As Users Count Losses

The Oasis Reporters

January 13, 2022




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The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the suspension of Twitter operations in the country, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval which he had no choice but adhere to.




The decision was revealed by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, Kashifu noted the approval was given following a memo written to Buhari by his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.

“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

“In the Memo, the Minister updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

Twitter operations in Nigeria were suspended in June 2021, days after Buhari’s tweet was deleted.

In November last year, Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said correspondence between us and Twitter had reached an advanced stage.
Mohammed noted: “We have a few more issues to resolve. Out of about 12 conditions, Twitter has been able to meet 10.

“Very soon, all issues will be resolved in a way that will be good for both our country and Twitter.”

Nigerians, many who have relied on Twitter for their digital business connections are already counting the losses encountered owing to Buhari’s ban on the company and may therefore not cheer him for doing what he did.

If Buhari hadn’t unbanned Twitter, electioneering campaigns would have centered on the unbanning of Twitter.

Already, all those unfavorable comments about the acts of government are unlikely to abate, especially by Nigerians in the diaspora and no one is scared of a Buhari second ban on Twitter. They know that he must certainly go by mid 2023. And Twitter verdicts on his regime would be very unkind at a time he would have no powers to ban or unban.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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