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Twitter has agreed to our terms – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, says Twitter has agreed to all federal government’s criteria for the ban of the social media platform to be lifted.

Keyamo, a member of the committee formed to engage Twitter, said on a Channels Television’s Programme.

Nigeria suspended Twitter after the microblogging site erased a message from President Muhammadu Buhari about now proscribed IPOB.

The ban was due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”, a statement by Information Minister Lai Mohammed said.

On October 1 2021, President Buhari in his Independence Day broadcast said Twitter must meet 5 conditions before the suspension of the social media platform will be lifted; the conditions include; Twitter must pay attention to national security and cohesion; Registration, physical presence and representation in Nigeria; Fair taxation; Dispute resolution and; Local content.

“The reason why the president took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country, we also set up a technical committee to interface with Twitter and come up with a lot of conditions for them to fulfil for us to lift the suspension, Keyamo said.

“It was Twitter that reached out to the federal government to say they want to know what and what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the federal government and so, we have gone far but I may not, at this forum, let out a lot but we gave them a lot of conditions and they have agreed to all the conditions.”

A proposal to regulate social media in Nigeria has been floated by the government, which claims it poses a threat to national security and is a vehicle for hate speech.