Nigeria government says Twitter is yet to comply with her request to set up local office in the nation.
Recall that the government suspended Twitter on June 4, 2021 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari after he threatened to punish regional secessionists.
Information Minister, Lai Mohammed who disclosed this to Reuters on Thursday, in addition to payment of tax locally and cooperating with the government to regulate content and harmful tweets.
But he admitted that the tech giant said the government had reached agreements on seven of 10 requests made to twitter.
“We certainly want to put this behind us before the end of the year,” Mohammed repeated assertion that the ban on Twitter would be lifted before the end of the year.
Twitter declined to comment.
It was a culmination of months of tension. Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey’s posts encouraging donations to anti-police brutality protests last October and Twitter posts from Nnamdi Kanu, a Biafran separatist leader currently on trial in Abuja, infuriated authorities.
Mohammed said Twitter “made their platform the platform of choice for separatists”, and was suspended because it threatened national unity.
Last month, Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator asked TV stations to curb their reporting of security issues in the country by withholding details of incidents and victims.
Tribune quoted Mohammed as saying that concerns over deteriorating freedom of speech were the result of misinformation.
The minister said that he was currently in Washington, D.C. meeting with journalists and opinion leaders in an effort to counter such misunderstandings.
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