The Federal Government has signaled that the temporary ban placed on Twitter in the country will soon be lifted. This was revealed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while responding to questions from the press at the State House after Wednesday’s virtual Federal Executive Council meeting.
Giving updates on the two months-long Twitter ban in the country, Mr. Mohammed stated that there has been so much progress thus far targeted at resolving the issue between the government and the micro-blogging platform. In his words, “The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight. We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there.”
“The engagement has been extremely positive without any acrimony. We have made it clear what we want from Twitter.”
The Minister further made it known that Twitter has agreed on the issue of setting up a Nigerian-based office, although stated that the earliest it can establish that is 2022.
Recall that the federal government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on June 4, 2021, placed an indefinite ban on Twitter following the deletion of one of the President’s tweets for violating the rules of the micro-blogging platform.
The Minister further shared optimism that the issue will be finally resolved within a few days or weeks.