Nigeria lifts Twitter ban after six months suspension


The decision was made after Twitter agreed to meet all the conditions set by the Nigerian government, according to a government statement. These conditions include “administration of prohibited publication in accordance with Nigerian law” and handling of issues of operation and tax.

Last June, the Nigerian government suspended Twitter’s activities in the country, accusing the US social media giant of allowing its platform to be used “for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s business existence.”

The ban was announced just two days after Twitter deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari that was widely perceived as offensive. In the tweet, Buhari threatened citizens in the southeastern region after attacks on public property.

“The new global reality is that digital platforms and their operators have a huge impact on the structure of our society, social interaction and economic choices. These platforms can be used as either a tool or a weapon,” the government said in its Wednesday statement.

“Therefore, our action is a deliberate attempt to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter to achieve the maximum mutual benefits for our nation without jeopardizing the legitimate interests of the company. Our commitment has been very respectful, cordial and successful,” it said.

The government added that its decision to lift the suspension “opens a new chapter in global digital diplomacy” and “sets a new operational template for Twitter to come back stronger for the benefit of Nigerians.”

CNN has contacted Twitter for its response to Nigeria’s announcement.