According to the Federal Government, out of the ten conditions made to lift Twitter’s suspension, the micro blogging and social networking platform have agreed to seven.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, announced in Washington, DC, as part of his ongoing interaction with major worldwide media outlets, think tanks, and influencers.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the engagement will allow the minister to convey accurate narratives about what is occurring in Nigeria, highlight government achievements, and discuss the country’s concerns.
During interviews with Reuters, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg Quicktake, a live streaming news service, the minister stated that an amicable settlement of the ban is in the works.
“We believe that even the other three outstanding demands are not really about whether they agreed or not but about timing and scheduling. That is what gave me the confidence that we are getting nearer to an agreement,’’ he said.
Among the requests made to Twitter, the minister said, was that the platform is incorporated as a Nigerian corporation, pay taxes on the money it generates in Nigeria, and ensure that dangerous information is handled appropriately.
As recently as last week, we exchange correspondence with Twitter, and when I left home a few days ago, we are expecting a reply from them. “It is rather, more left with Twitter to respond to grey areas that we asked them to look into.
We are not inflexible in our negotiation with Twitter because we recognize both the positive and negative aspects of the social media,’’ he said
Mohamed said the country’s Twitter ban has been quite beneficial since there is fewer damaging and injurious content on the social media platform.
He claimed that other social media companies were more aware of potentially harmful content that could jeopardize national security.
The minister went on to say that based on their discussions with Twitter, when the site restarted operations, it would not be business as usual.
He stated that, based on his experience with Twitter, all social media sites must adhere to the regulations that have been established.
According to the minister, the assertion that Twitter’s activity was suspended because it removed President Muhammadu Buhari’s message was a sly interpretation that was not supported by facts.
Twitter operation was suspended because they were threatening national security, pitching one ethnic group against the other, interfering recklessly in the internal affairs of our country.
It renders its platform as a platform of choice for those who are preaching separatism and lend their resources to protesters against the police without understanding the nuances of our culture,
They raised funds to support EndSARS protesters which led to the killing of 57 innocent civilians, 37 police officers, six soldiers in addition to billions of dollars of destruction in property,’’ he said.
He maintained that the platform’s operations had been deemed detrimental to national unity.