By Chioma Iruke and Grace Udofia
After months of suspended Twitter activities in Nigeria, the Nigerian Government has promised to lift the suspension placed on the micro-blogging platform within days.
This was even as the government disclosed that plans are underway for Twiiter to set up an office in country following series of meeting with its operator.
According to Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture who disclosed this after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, Twitter had accepted the government’s conditions given for operation in the country without any acrimony.
Mohammed who noted that although there are about three to four areas the two were yet to reach an agreement, informed that Twitter had agreed to open office in the country in 2022.
“We have made it clear what we want from Twitter. The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight.
“We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are actually almost there.
“They (Twitter) have shown a lot of flexibility, the conversation has not been acrimonious,” he said.
Recall, the Nigerian government had on June 5, suspended the activities of Twitter in Nigeria, after it took down a controversial tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing a press conference, Mohammed had said the micro-blogging site was banned because it posed a threat to Nigeria’s unity.
Mohammed had also said some Nigerians were using the site to propagate messages capable of secession.