The federal government said Wednesday that the Twitter administration has engaged in “high-level discussions” to resolve the problems that led to the suspension of its operations in Nigeria. On Wednesday June 9, 2021, after the meeting of the Federal Executive Committee (FEC), the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, released the news to the correspondent of the state council. The meeting took place in Abuja, the presidential palace, and was chaired by President Mohamedu Buhari.
Lai Mohammed listed the conditions that must be met before considering repealing the Twitter ban, including that it must now be registered as a commercial company in Nigeria. He said that other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram must also be registered in the country. The minister stated that the suspension of Twitter has not hindered freedom of speech, adding that Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
He added that Twitter’s financial losses due to the suspension show its effectiveness. Mohamed said the suspension is necessary because the Weibo website provides a platform for those who threaten the survival of Nigeria. The minister claimed that Twitter allowed Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), to use his platform to call for the assassination of security personnel.
He revealed that the microblogging platform failed to take down Kanu’s tweets despite repeated requests to do so.