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Nigeria to lift ban on Twitter soon as microblogging platform agrees on Nigeria’s office

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Nigeria may soon lift the suspension placed on the microblogging platform after meeting between government officials and representatives of the company show sign of resolution of dispute.

According to the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, the government has resolved some of the issues it raised with the social media platform.

While speaking with State House correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja, Mohammed said that progress has been made in resolving the impasse following a series of meetings.

The minister said most of the conditions given to the platform have been accepted.

He said Twitter has also agreed to set up an office in Nigeria but the company maintained that the earliest it can happen is 2022.

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The minister expressed confidence that everything will be ironed out with Twitter within a few days or weeks while acknowledging the anxiety that has been shown by Nigerians.

He said the areas still pending such as Twitter setting up an office and having a Twitter staff of management cadre that will serve as the country representative, were being discussed.

Mohammed revealed in the area of a Nigerian office, even though Twitter has agreed to the condition, it is however maintaining the earliest it can establish it is 2022.

He said the federal government’s committee negotiating with Twitter will soon meet to make recommendations.

Nigeria imposed suspension on the activities of the platform in the country on June 4, after Twitter deleted tweets by President Mohammed Buhari, which threatened to treat the separatist group in the South East in the language they understand.

But the official position ofthe government on the suspension was that “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

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