Again, FG Says End Of Twitter Ban ‘Very Close’


About 100 days after the federal government slammed a suspension on Twitter, it has again said that the microblogging site would soon be allowed to resume its activities in the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this while answering questions from correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday September 15, 2021.

According to him, reaching a resolution with Twitter on areas of disagreement is now very close.

Recall that the federal government had placed a ban on Twitter after the site deleted President Buhari’s tweet on the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The Minister had in August told correspondents that the site was just a few days away from being let back to work in the country.

And asked to give an update on the Twitter ban in Nigeria and the interface with the company on Wednesday, he said: “The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight.”

Mohammed added: “We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there

“The engagement has been extremely positive without any acrimony. We have made it clear what we want from Twitter.”

Responding to the question, he said, “I want to assure you that between the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter. That I can assure you that it is by far. In other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell (you) that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”