Nigeria lifts Twitter ban after seven months of negotiations

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The Nigerian government has today decided to lift its ban on Twitter seven months after it was instated. The ban was lifted at midnight on 13 January local time.

The government suspended Twitter on 4 June last year after it removed a tweet from president Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

Last October, Buhari said in a televised speech on Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day anniversary that the ban would be lifted if the social media giant agreed to meet certain conditions.

A spokesperson for Buhari tweeted this morning to welcome Nigerian citizens back to the social media platform, citing a “mutually beneficial future with endless possibilities.”

Welcome back!
Let me join fellow countrymen and women in welcoming the resolution of the impasse between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Twitter Inc., leading to the laying of  a "foundation for a mutually beneficial future with endless possibilities."

— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) January 13, 2022

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