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President Buhari Lifts Twitter Ban With Conditions

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday during his October 1 independence anniversary speech directed that the ban on the popular microblogging site, Twitter, be lifted.

The President said the lifting of the ban is based on Twitter meeting the conditions set by the Presidential Committee (and its Technical Team) over which they engaged with Twitter.

“​Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have 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,” he said. 

“​Our prioritisation of developing Nigeria’s Digital Economy has positively impacted the contribution of the ICT sector to our GDP”.

“​We hope our present efforts to ensure all Nigerians use a National Identification Number, as well as our planned roll-out of the fifth-generation (5G) network technology, will ensure we stay in line with the global innovation curve as a Nation”.

“As we embrace the digital economy in Nigeria, we are fully aware of the prospects and the perils.  Our policies have been developed to enable Nigerians to take advantage of the prospects and avoid the perils of digital technologies”. 

“Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information”.

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“​However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination”.

“Rather some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments”.

“To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the Government to put measures in place to address these challenges”.

“Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue”.

“The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and has addressed a number of key issues. These are:

a. National Security and Cohesion;

b. Registration, Physical presence, and Representation;

c. Fair Taxation;

d. Dispute Resolution; and

e. Local Content.

“​Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have 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”. 

“​As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety”.

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Damilare Bankole

Managing Editor, Lagos Post Online. Damilare is a disciplined tech enthusiast and media entrepreneur with interest and unparalleled passion for model Web and app design technology. He is a firm believer in the meaningful role research and innovation can play in addressing economic issues across industries and sectors. He's passionate about online Journalism. Damilare is also a Photographer. M: +2348025837037 E: lagospostng@gmail.com

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