At 12:00 am, 13th January 2022, the Federal Government lifted the Twitter ban in Nigeria, 7 months after it was imposed.
The Twitter ban which was imposed on the 5th of June 2021 was a controversial step taken by the government to ‘address the direct and collateral issues around Twitter’s operations in Nigeria’ following a suspended tweet from President Buhari.
A statement released on Wednesday from the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi read,
“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. The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim. In the Memo, the Minister updates and requests the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation,”