Keyamo speaks on FG's agreement with Twitter

Festus Keyamo


Mr. Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has revealed that Twitter has agreed to conditions spelled out by the federal government to lift its suspension in Nigeria.

The social media platform was suspended by the Federal Government in June 2021 after it took down President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet, for breaching its rules.

Government turned around to announce Twitter’s suspension, for allowing some contents capable of threatening the corporate existence of the country.

It was alleged that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was using the platform to incite violence, prior to his re-arrest.

In a Channels Television interview on Sunday, Keyamo said the committee set up by the Federal Government to review the operations of the microblogging platform has made significant progress.

According to Keyamo, who is also a member of the committee, the Federal Government suspended the platform to recalibrate the relationship between both parties.

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“The reason the president took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country.

“That recalibration, we have started it and the President graciously added me to the committee.

“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.

“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.

“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,” he stated.

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