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Nigeria government lifts ban from Twitter after seven months

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the lifting of the ban on Twitter.

Abuja, Nigeria:

Nigeria’s government said on Wednesday it has ended its suspension on Twitter, seven months after the social media giant was banned over a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria halted Twitter operations in June after the company removed a comment by Buhari, sparking an international outcry over freedom of expression.

The government and Twitter have been in talks since the reinstatement of the service in Nigeria based on certain conditions, including Twitter registration operations.

A statement from the country’s Information Technology Development Agency said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria from 12 o’clock tonight. has given.”

Nigerian officials say Twitter has agreed to the demands to operate in the country.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States, the European Union and Canada were among those who joined rights groups condemning the harmful restrictions to freedom of expression in Africa’s most populous country.

Twitter had a prominent role in the political discourse in Nigeria, with the hashtag #BringBackourGirls after Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in 2014, and during the #EndSARS 2020 anti-police brutality protests.

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