FG to Lift Ban on Twitter, as Firm Accepts Buhari’s Request to Set Up Office in Nigeria

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has disclosed that the Federal Government will soon lift the ban on operations on micro blogging platform, twitter.

Mr Mohammed gave this update after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Providing updates on the government’s negotiation with the micro-blogging site, according to a report by The Nation, the minister said most of the conditions given to the platform have been accepted.

According to him, the areas still pending such as Twitter setting up an office and having a Twitter staff of management cadre that will serve as the country representative, were being discussed.

Mr Mohammed revealed in the area of a Nigerian office, even though Twitter has agreed to the condition, it is, however, maintaining that the earliest it could establish the office is by 2022.

The minister expressed confidence everything will be hammered out with Twitter within a few days or weeks, noting the anxiety shown by Nigerians.

He said the Federal Government’s committee negotiating with Twitter will meet on the agreement soon to make recommendations.