Buhari gives conditional lifting of Twitter ban in Independence day speech

President Muhammadu Buhari, during his Independence Day speech today gave conditions for Twitter ban to be lifted. 

 

Buhari said a Presidential Committee which was constituted to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue, addressed a number of key issues which include “National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content.”

 

He added that the issues are being addressed and he has directed that the suspension be lifted if those conditions are met. 

 

Buhari said; 

 

“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 issue.

“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.’’