Twitter ban lifted after seven months in Nigeria, company opens office in the country

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The Nigerian government lifted its Twitter ban in the West African country seven months after the country’s more than 200 million people were banned from social media.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that Twitter resume operations in the country on Thursday, according to the director general of the country’s National Information Technology Development Agency. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said this only happened after Twitter agreed to meet some conditions, including opening an office in Nigeria.

Nigeria closed Twitter on June 4, citing “the continued use of the platform for activities likely to undermine the very existence of Nigeria”. The action sparked criticism when shortly after the social media network deleted a post from Buhari threatening to treat separatists “in a language they will understand”.

“Our actions are a deliberate attempt to realign our relationship with Twitter to achieve the maximum mutual benefit for our nation without jeopardizing the legitimate interests of the company. Our commitment was very respectful, warm and successful, ”said Abdullahi in a statement.

A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In addition to registering in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022, Abdullahi said Twitter has agreed to other terms as well, including appointing a country-designate, complying with tax obligations, and acting “in full respect of Nigerian law and national culture and history.” on which such legal provisions are built. “

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