Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Federal Government of Nigeria confirmed that it would lift the ban it placed on the Twitter social media platform after reaching agreement with it on most areas of misunderstanding.
The ban has been in effect since early June, when Twitter deleted a remark from President Muhammadu Buhari.
He had referenced Nigeria’s civil war five decades ago when one million people died, in the context of a warning to those responsible for recent unrest in the country’s southeast.
“The ban on Twitter will soon be lifted as we are getting close reaching full agreement,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed told reporters in Abuja.
“We have agreed on some areas, hopefully in the next few days or weeks we will conclude.”
Twitter spokesperson Sarah Hart said the social media giant had met with government representatives to discuss the ban, stating in an email: “Our aim is to chart a path forward to the restoration of Twitter for everyone in Nigeria. We look forward to ongoing discussions with the Nigerian government and seeing the service restored very soon.”
Twitter had previously stated that it was deeply concerned about the block, and called free and open internet access a basic right.
The ban drew international condemnation as a direct affront to freedom of expression.
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