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Federal Government Reveals Condition To Lift Twitter’s Suspension

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The Federal government has said a particular condition must be agreed before it can lift its indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.

Godfrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, made this known in a meeting with foreign delegates in Abuja today June 7.

Onyeama assured that the suspension of the micro-blogging and social media site will be lifted in Nigeria only if the uses can make used of the platform “responsibly”.

He, however, said that for now, there is no particular stated period twitter will be restored, adding that it was suspended so it won’t be used for destabilisation and propagation of criminality in the country

He said;

“The condition would be responsible use of the social media and that really has to be it.

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We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing. Why we have taken this measure is to stop them to be used as platforms for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities” he said

Envoys present at the meeting held in Abuja were from US, Canada, UK and the European Union, all of whom had kicked against the “indefinite” suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria.

While addressing newsmen after the meeting, Onyeama told them that the meeting was called for because the Federal government relishes the comments of the envoys “very seriously”, and that made it compulsory to discuss the issue with them in the “usual friendly way.”

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The Minister reiterated that the Buhari-led administration has to be focused on its “main objective and legacy” which in his view, is the security of lives and property in the country.

Again he said;

“We want to use social media for good. Differences of opinion is not a problem; everybody will not think alike.

But lives matter; Nigerian lives matter and we have to do everything we can to preserve Nigerian lives. And when we feel our goals are threatened, actions need to be taken.”