Nigeria plans to lift ban on Twitter, signals President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari sends Nigerian communication experts to the US for a dialogue on Twitter restoration in the country. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—The Nigerian minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed was filmed by Sahara reporters on Tuesday in a video showing him and Special Assistant to the President (media) Olusegun Adeyemi in a Delta Airline heading to the US.

Sources intimating that the two leaders in charge of communication in Nigeria, have left the country purposely to hold dialogue with top executives of popular microblogging and social media site, Twitter handle.

The Federal government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari banned Twitter, restricting it from operating in Nigeria after the social media platform deleted ‘insensible’ tweets posted by president Buhari.

According to Twitter management, tweets sent out by Buhari were distasteful and threatening the very well-being of Nigerians. The tweets had warned Nigerian people in the Southern part of the country against expecting anything from succession politics. Adding that he will deal with them in the way they understand best.

His comments referenced the Nigeria civil war (1967-1970) where close to 2miliion Southern Easterners died from police brutality and hunger.

Notwithstanding, the global view of the tweets, the Federal government said, “A litany of problems in the social media platform in Nigerian, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real-world violent consequences.”

Moreover casting aspersions on Twitter for threatening the cooperative unity of Nigeria.

The video at the Delta Airline went round and Mohamed and Olusegun were seen covering their heads with baseball caps and fully masked faces.

Sources have also been disclosing the destination and the mission of their indefinite flight out of Nigeria. “You can see Lai Mohammed trying to disguise with a face cap, he flew on seat 8A in the business class section of Delta Airline from Lagos to New York.

“He flew with his special Assistant Olusegun who took seat 8C in the business class.”

The ban was castigated by Amnesty International, Swedish Embassy and the British Canadian mission in Nigeria.