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Twitter May Soon Resume Operations Again in Nigeria

Micro-blogging site Twitter, has confirmed talks with the Nigerian Government over the suspension of its activities in the country. with a view to lifting its suspension.

“We recently met with the Nigerian government to discuss why Twitter has been blocked and ways to resolve the matter,” a spokesperson for the microblogging site was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“Our aim is to chart a path forward to the restoration of Twitter for everyone in Nigeria. We look forward to ongoing discussions with the Nigerian government and seeing the service restored very soon.”

Similarly, the Nigerian Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed journalists at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, said that the government would lift the ban on Twitter soon after both parties come to an agreement after all conditions have been met, which include Twitter setting up an office in Nigeria and having a Twitter staff of management cadre as the country representative.

He said though Twitter had agreed to establish an office in Nigeria, the social media platform said it cannot do so until 2022.

Nigeria suspended Twitter in the country on June 4 after the social media platform deleted a controversial tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerian government also accused Twitter of supporting protests against the government.

The suspension means millions of Twitter users in Nigeria are denied access to the platform and can only reach it through backdoors such as virtual private networks.

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