The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the suspension on Twitter, a microblogging site after its usage and access was suspended for seven months.
In a statement issued by the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi containing the news revealed that the President Mohammadu Buhari has approved the lift of the ban on the social media.
The statement reads in parts:
“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.”
However, upon the ban, many Nigerian youths had resulted to VPNs to break the barricade on the Twitter page to have access to the microblogging site.
Reactions have since trailed the Twitter network over the ban.