#Twitter Ban: FG Gives Condition Necessary to Lift its Ban

The Federal government has given a condition to lift its indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria stating that the micro-blogging site will be restored in Nigeria only if the platform can be used “responsibly”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who disclosed this to newsmen after a meeting in Abuja today June 7, with Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), Canada, Norway and Republic of Ireland over their condemnation of the government’s ban on micro-blogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria, said that  there is no definite timeline for when it will be restored, as the suspension was enforced so as to stop it from being used as a platform for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality.

“The condition would be responsible use of social media and that really has to be it”.

“We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing. Why we have taken this measure is to stop them to be used as platforms for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities”

“We want to use social media for good. Differences of opinion is not a problem; everybody will not think alike but lives matter; Nigerian lives matter and we have to do everything we can to preserve Nigerian lives. And when we feel our goals are threatened, actions need to be taken.”he said



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