The Nigerian government has finally lifted the Twitter ban after six months not not operating in the country.
Nigeria’s tech agency, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) led by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, made the announcement through through a statement.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12 am tonight, 13th January 2022,” the statement read.
“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. In the Memo, the minister updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”
According to Abdullahi, Twitter has agreed to set “a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022.” The move is “first step in demonstrating its long-term commitment to Nigeria,” read the statement.
“Twitter has agreed to comply with applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law. Twitter has agreed to enrol Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals,” said the statement.