The people of Nigeria will be able to use the social network Twitter again. The announcement was made by government authorities on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. After 7 months of suspension for incitement to violence and hatred, the blue bird seems to be complying with the demands of the Nigerian government. Twitter is committed to further monitor the content of messages shared on the social network used by 20% of the population of Nigeria.
The blue bird can return to flight in Nigeria. The authorities decided to lift the sanction imposed on the social network after an agreement with the platform. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria from midnight today (Thursday 13 January)”, said Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director of the National Agency for the Development of Information Technologies.
The country’s Internet users welcomed the lifting of this sanction on a popular social network for sharing information in the political, economic, social or cultural fields. We are pleased that Twitter has been re-established for everyone in Nigeria […] Our mission in Nigeria – and around the world – is to serve the public conversation. We are deeply engaged in Nigeria, where Twitter is used by people for trade, cultural engagement and civic participation,’ said a blue bird spokesperson.
Recall that Abuja announced at the beginning of June 2021 the suspension of Twitter for “an indefinite period” after having accused the social network of having a “suspicious mission” against the Nigerian government, and to tolerate on its platform the messages of the leader of a separatist group inciting violence in south-eastern Nigeria.
However, the European Union, Great Britain, the United States and Canada deplored the suspension of Twitter. They considered the decision illegal, contrary to democratic principles and freedom of expression. Similarly, Amnesty International considered that “this ban was illegal (…) and was an attack on the right to freedom of expression.”