President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the conditional lifting of Twitter ban after over 118 days.

The micro-blogging platform was on June banned after deleting a tweet of Mr Buhari deemed genocidal but the regime officials insisted that the refusal of the social media giant to yank off Nnamdi Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra IPOB) necessitated the action.

He had threatened a repeat of the Nigerian civil war on the people of the South-East geo-political zone, a remark the platform said violated its community rules.

In a televised broadcast on Friday to mark the nation’s 61st independence anniversary, the president said he has ordered the lifting of the ban once the conditions are met.

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“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,” he acknowledged. “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 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.

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“The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and 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 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,” he added.

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