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Why FG yet to lift Twitter suspension – Minister

The Federal Government yesterday gave an insight into the delay in lifting the suspension of Twitter, insisting that it was premised on the fact that the company had met 10 out of the 12 conditions given it. In view of this, the government raised the hope of Nigerians that it is a matter of time before all issues with Twitter are resolved.

It also clarified that the suspension of Twitter had nothing to do with issues bordering on President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the clarifications while responding to a question from a participant at Nigeria International Partnership Forum in Paris.

Mohammed, who spoke in fluent French, caught the audience unawares, however, as most investors at the forum were eager to understand what was delaying the lifting of the suspension. For instance, the lady participant, who asked the question was perplexed and caught off guard by the minister’s mastery of French. Speaking on the sidelines of the delay, Moham-med took time to explain why the suspension of Twitter was not yet lifted. He said: “I want to categorically say that Twitter was not banned by Nigeria, it was only suspended. So, Twitter was never banned, it was suspended.

“Also, the suspension has nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari. The correspondence between us and Twitter has reached an advanced stage. I want to say that the correspondence and the exchanges have been fruitful. “But we have a few more issues to resolve. Out of about 12 conditions, Twitter has been able to meet 10. “Very soon, all issues will be resolved in a way that it will be good for both our country and Twitter.”

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