After 66 days of banning the use of the social media platform in Nigeria, the Federal Government has said that it will lift the restriction it placed on Twitter, in a matter of days.
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, announced this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Mohammed disclosed that the status of the conversation with the microblogging site has reached an amicable stage, with agreements reached in all areas except three.
The remaining three unresolved areas, according to him, are simply a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ there would be an implementation of conditions discussed.
According to the minister, one of the pending issues is in relation to the condition that Twitter establishes a legal presence in Nigeria, registered as a Nigerian company with an office address and an employee to serve as a country representative in the country.
While not turning down the proposition in totality, the micro-blogging site has maintained that the earliest it can establish a company is in 2022.
The Federal Government suspended Twitter’s operations in June after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari for breaching the site’s rules.
The Federal Government explained at the time that the suspension had no correlation with the deletion of the President’s tweets.
The ban placed on the microblogging platform has had a negative impact on several Nigerian businesses especially Small and Medium-scale Enterprises.
This also came at a time when Nigerians were looking for ways to survive the harsh economic condition, and in the face of the government’s failure to provide jobs.