President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday lifted the suspension placed on Twitter from operating in Nigeria for deleting his obnoxious post. The president said Twitter would start re-operating in Nigeria with effect from 12.00am, January 13, 2022.
The lifting of the suspension was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency and Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement, Kashifu Abdullahi.
Abdullahi said the Federal Government had directed him to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, had approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12am tonight, January 13, 2022.
He stated that the approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami.
The statement reads: “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 updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”
On June, 5, 2021, the Nigerian government suspended Twitter after the company deleted a controversial post from the president threatening to punish regional secessionists.
Buhari had said “As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety.”