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NIGERIA IS BETTER OFF NOW THAT TWITTER HAS AGREED TO ALL ITS TERMS – KEYAMO

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Festus Keyamo, SAN, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, believes Nigeria is better off now that Twitter has agreed to all of its terms.

He said this in his first tweet on Thursday, after the President’s government, led by Muhammadu Buhari, overturned a seven-month suspension on Twitter.

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Those who put politics above patriotism and pretended to be right about Twitter’s suspension may now realize that, with all the FG conditions that Twitter agreed to, Nigeria is ultimately better off. “Congratulations, Nigeria,” wrote Keyamo.

In June 2021, Buhari’s inflammatory civil war post was removed from Twitter.

As a result, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, who had accused Twitter of hypocrisy, announced the suspension of the microblogging site on June 4, 2021, citing the “consistent use of the platform for activities capable of damaging Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

According to the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, the ban on Twitter cost Nigeria’s economy N104.02 million ($250,600) per hour in December 2021.

The Buhari regime, however, lifted the restriction on Twitter in a press statement signed by Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency and Chairman of the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement.

“The FGN has asked Twitter to fulfil some conditions before restoring its services. These conditions addressed legal registration of operations, taxation, and managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian laws.

“Twitter has agreed to meet all the conditions set by the FGN. Consequently, the FGN and Twitter have decided on an execution timeline, which has started this week.

“Our engagement with Twitter opens a new chapter in global digital diplomacy and sets a new operational template for Twitter to come back stronger for the benefit of Nigerians,” the statement read in part.

As of January 2021, Nigeria had approximately 33 million active social media users. According to Statista, WhatsApp is the most popular platform in the country, with over 90 million users. According to Statista, 61.4 percent of Nigerian social media users use Twitter, 86.2 percent use Facebook, 81.6 percent use YouTube, 73.1 percent use Instagram, and 67.2 percent use Facebook Messenger.

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