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FG Lifts Twitter Ban After Seven Months

The Government of Nigeria has lifted the ban on microblogging site, Twitter, seven months after it controversially banned the social media platform in Nigeria. 

The lifting of the ban, which was not effective anyway, was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi.

The statement said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, 13th January 2022. The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.

“In the Memo, the Minister updates and requests the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

During the ban that sparked both national and international outrage, Nigerians and government officials were tweeting.

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