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Nigerians react to lifting of Twitter suspension

Information Communication Technology experts have described the lifting of ban on Twitter as commendable as reactions continue to trail federal government’s lift of the ban on Twitter.

Experts are of the view that it is a welcome development and advised on the need to use social media platforms responsibly.

The President Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Ikechukwu Nnamani who said telecommunications operators have been clamouring for the ban to be lifted, said it will improve the economic and social aspect of life of many Nigerians because many of them rely on Twitter for their businesses and expression of public opinions.

Mr Nnamani, who expressed satisfaction on the agreement reached by the federal government and Twitter, advised Nigerians to use the social media platform responsibly.

The Executive Secretary Information technology system and security group of the Nigeria computer society, Rogba Adeoye said it was quite commendable, particularly the fact that the company will contribute in revenue generation through payment of taxes.

In the meantime, the global rights group, Amnesty International, has reacted to the restoration of the social media platform, Twitter in Nigeria.

In the response, which it posted on Twitter on Thursday, Amnesty said the restoration although welcomed, was illegal in the first place.

“Amnesty International welcomes the lifting of the Twitter ban by Nigerian authorities, after 7-months of depriving Nigerians of exercising their right to freedom of expression on a social media platform that facilitates dialogue and empowers everyone to communicate, hold useful debates and conversations, and demand accountability from the Nigerian authorities.

“The Twitter ban was illegal — in the first place — and an attack on the right to freedom of expression, including online, access to information, and media freedom. Nigerian authorities must end all acts that violate rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and freedom of the press,” the rights group said.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria with effect from 12AM today, January 13 2022.

A statement signed by Chairman, Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi states that the approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isah Pantami.

Reporting by Chioma Ezike; Editing by Tina Oyinsan and Tony Okerafor