Nigeria lifts ban on Twitter after seven months: Government officials

It has been seven months since the clamping down of the social networking site, Twitter by the country Nigeria after an issue with the government. The government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. 

Although the authorities accused the social media firm of siding with the secessionists, the government said it was taking back the ban after Twitter agreed to conditions including opening a local office in Nigeria. The move allows millions of people in Africa’s most populous nation to use the platform again. 

At the time when the decision to ban Twitter was taken, the Telecom companies subsequently blocked access to users in Nigeria. 

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency said in a statement that Buhari had given the approval to lift the suspension.

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“Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgment of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built…,” Abdullahi’s statement said.Meanwhile, the social media company’s decision to register itself in the country showed it was committed to Nigeria, the country’s information technology development agency said. However, Twitter has not yet commented on Nigeria’s decision to lift the ban.