Nigerians have expressed joy online after the removal of the suspension of Twitter in the country. Nigerians who had opted to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access Twitter, have made online sensation after the Federal Government allowed the social media giant back in the country.
Though, there have been mixed reactions on the lifting with many for or against the decision.
The Federal Government pointed out that the lifting of the suspension was necessary since the platform would be important in promoting the country’s activities in the build-up to the upcoming general elections in 2023.
According to a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Abuja, Ejiro Amoh, the Government has reasoned rightly as a way to curb the spread of fake news.
“The federal government said it banned Twitter because of fake news and the conditions met by Twitter before it lifted the ban were made public.
“I just want the government to continue its good work by ensuring that those who steal our commonwealth are also punished.
“Just like they (officials) have held Twitter accountable, our political office holders who steal our funds for their personal use should be held accountable using our laws.”
According to Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the Director-General (DG), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who announced the lifting in a statement in Abuja, the approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim.
Adding that “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 12am tonight, 13th January 2022.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, had announced the indefinite suspension in June 2021, in a statement in Abuja.