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Buhari, Twitter open talks on Nigeria ban

Buhari, Twitter open talks on Nigeria ban

President Muhammadu Buhari, whose deleted tweet led to the suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria, has finally agreed for the Nigerian government to engage in talks with the social media firm.

“Following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria, for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, Twitter wrote to President Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward”, the Information and Culture Ministry announced today.

The Federal Government had on June 4 indefinitely suspended Twitter services in Nigeria following the deletion of Buhari’s tweet by the social media service, in which he threatened a secessionist group in the country.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Information and Culture Minister

Meanwhile, Buhari has picked Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Information and Culture Minister to chair the Federal Government team approved by Buhari to engage with Twitter over the indefinite suspension of the social media service in Nigeria, following the tech company’s request.

Following the Twitter suspension announced earlier this month by the Information and Culture Minister, Nigeria had given conditions to over the top (OTT) and social media services to obtain an operating licence; register to operate their businesses in the country, among other other terms.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s team includes Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister; Dr Isa Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, Babatunde Fashola, Works and Housing Minister; Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment and other relevant government agencies, the statement says.

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