ABUJA, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Nigeria announced on Wednesday that itplanned to end its ban on Twitter (TWTR.N) in "a few more days ", sparking hopes from users keen to return to the social media platform three months after the suspension took effect.
The ban, announced in June, has hurt Nigerian businesses and drew widespread condemnation for its detrimental effects on freedom of expression and ease of doing business in Africa's most populous nation. learn more
But Information Minister Lai Mohammed told a press conference after the cabinet that the government was aware of the anxiety that the ban had created among Nigerians.
" If the operation has been on hold for about 100 days now, I can tell you that we are actually only talking about a few, still a few days now "said Mohammed without giving any details. deadline.
When pushed further, Mohammed said authorities and Twitter officials should "point the I's and cross the T "before reaching a final agreement.
" It's going to be very, very soon, take my word for it, "a he said.
The government suspended Twitter after deleting a post from President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to punish regional secessionists. It was the culmination of months of tension. Messages from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey urging donations for the protests against police brutality in October latest and Nnam's Twitter postsdi Kanu, a Biafra separatist leader currently on trial in Abuja, infuriated the authorities.
Last month, Mohammed told Hfrance.fr that the 'Twitter ban would be lifted before the end of this year, adding that the government was awaiting a response to three final requests to the social media platform. learn more
The ban is only one area of concern for free speech advocates. Nigeria fell five places, to 120, in the 2021 Global Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, which described Nigeria as one of the most successful West African countries. dangerous and most difficult for journalists. Report by Felix Onuah, written by MacDonald Dzirutwe, edited by William Maclean
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