Nigerians can now use Twitter without Virtual Private Network(VPN) as the Nigerian government announces the reversal of Twitter ban in the country.
Twitter, the popular micro-blogging platform was banned in June 2021 in Nigeria following the deletion of President Buhari’s tweets.
President Buhari had threatened IPOB in his tweet that he would “teach them in the language that they understand” since the language they understand is violence.
Since, Nigerians had bypassed the Twitter ban and continued their activities on the social media app through VPN despite the threat of sanction by the government.
The reversal of the Twitter ban is however coming seven months after the government suspended its activities in the country. The belief was that Twitter supported the IPOB insurrection against the Nigerian government.
Seven months after, Chairman, Technical Committee Nigeria- Twitter Engagement and Director General National Information Technology and Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi in a statement announced the reversal of the Twitter ban.
“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 12 am-midnight, 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.” The statement reads.