After weeks of debate, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the composition of a Federal Government team to dialogue with Twitter over the suspension of the operation of the microblogging site in Nigeria.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, will chair the team, adding that the President’s has approval has been gotten, according to the announcement made on Tuesday.
According to it, some key senior lawyers in the Buhari’s cabinet including the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, are part of the team.
Also on the Federal Government team are the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and other heads of government agencies.
The composition of the dialogue team followed the letter written by Twitter to President Buhari seeking for a dialogue with the Nigerian government towards resolving the impasse.
Buhari’s government announced the suspension of Twitter after the microblogging site deleted the President post on the Nigerian civil for violating its rules.
The government said Twitter’s indefinite suspension was due to its activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Nigerians from all walks have opposed the suspension of Twitter in the country as they descried it as an attempt by the Buhari-led government to gag social media and restrict freedom of speech.
The ban placed on the social media giant has also seen many Nigerian youths losing their sources of livelihood as they they depend on Twitter to market their products and services as well as connect with prospective clients.