President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday, said he had directed a conditional
lifting of the ban placed on the operations of the microblogging sire, Twitter, in
Nigeria in June.
Buhari disclosed this in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s
He described the social media as a very useful platform but regretted that some users
have misused the platform to organize, coordinate, and execute criminal activities,
propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.
The President said, “Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions
of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialize, and
access news and other information.
“However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous
platform for information dissemination.
“Rather some users have misused the platform to organize, coordinate, and execute
criminal activities, propagate fake news and promote ethnic and religious
“To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the
operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021, to allow the Government to put
measures in place to address these challenges.
“Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the
Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a
Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the
“The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have
addressed a number of key issues. These are National Security and Cohesion;
Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute
Resolution; and Local Content.
“Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have
directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our
citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.
“As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their
platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural
values and promote online safety.”