January 13, 2022 / 06:50 AM / by Aderemi Ojekunle of TheCable/ Header
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TheCable is reporting
that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the
suspension on the Twitter operations in Nigeria.
lifting will be effective from midnight January 13, 2022, according to a
statement from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The statement signed by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general,
NITDA, added that the approval followed a memo written to the president by Isa
Ali Ibrahim, minister of communications and digital economy.
In June 2021, the federal government announced
the indefinite suspension of Twitter's
operation after the platform deleted tweets
made by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had threatened to treat members of the
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the "language they understand".
It had attributed the suspension to "the persistent use of the platform for
activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence".
The government said it reached an amicable resolution with Twitter on
various terms and conditions given to the micro-blogging platform.
"Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during
the first quarter of 2022. The legal entity will register with the Corporate
Affairs Commission (CAC). The establishment of the entity is Twitter's first
step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria," the statement
"Twitter has agreed to appoint a designated country
representative to interface with Nigerian authorities. The Global Public Policy
team is also directly available through a dedicated communication channel.
agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under
"Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law
Enforcement Portals. The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for
government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content that
violates Twitter community rules. At the same time, the Law Enforcement Portal
provides a channel for the law enforcement agencies to submit a report with a
legal justification where it suspects that content violates Nigerian Laws.
Taken together, these represent a comprehensive compliance apparatus."
The statement further stated that the micro-blogging site has "agreed to
act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture
and history on which such legislation has been built and work with the FGN and
the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best
practices, applicable in almost all developed countries".
The post FG Lifts Suspension on Twitter Operations
first appeared in TheCable.ng on January 12, 2022.
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