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Buhari orders ministers to dialogue with Twitter over suspension

Twitter 2 Twitter has been banned in Nigeria since June 4, 2021

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has instructed a team of ministers to dialogue with Twitter, the global microblogging site which was banned in the country earlier this month.

The Federal Government's June 4 indefinite suspension said the platform was being used for actions that threatened the cooperate existence of Africa's most populous nation.

The new development was contained in a statement on Tuesday issued by Information and Culture minister, Lai Mohammed, who confirmed that a team had been set up to dialogue with Twitter.

The Ministers involved are Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Attornery General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, Communication and Digital Economy Minister Isa Ali Pantami, Labour Minister Chris Ngige and Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal

Government’s team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of

the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in

Nigeria.

“The Federal Government’s team also comprises the Attorney General of

the Federation and Honourable Minister of Justice, Honourable Minister

of Communications and Digital Economy, Honourable Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Honourable Minister

of State for Labour and Employment as well as other relevant

government agencies.

“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,” Mohammed said in a statement Segun Adeyemi, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.

Despite threats that government will prosecute persons who tweeted despite the ban, many Nigerians turned to use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to access the platform.

A number of media outfits also continued using Twitter despite a deirective by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to deactivate their Twitter accounts.

Abuja holds that all social media companies must register as businesses in Nigeria with Twitter has previoulsy stated its readines to engage government.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com