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FG Gives Condition To Lift Ban On Twitter

The federal government has given a condition to lift its definite suspension of the micro-blogging site, Twitter in Nigeria

The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said this during a meeting with some envoys in Abuja on Monday.

The minister stated that Twitter’s operations in Nigeria will be restored only if the platform can be used “responsibly”

On when the suspension will be lifted, Onyeama said there is no definite timeline for that.

 “The condition would be responsible use of the social media and that really has to be it.”

“We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing; why we have taken this measure is to stop them to be used as platforms for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities,” he also said.

At the meeting were the envoys of the US, UK, Canada, and the European Union, all of whom condemned the “indefinite” suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, the envoys had said : We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline. Banning systems of expression is not the answer.”

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