By Ismail Auwal
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said that Nigeria will lift ban on Twitter “in a few more days.”
Keyamo in an interview with Channels Television said the dialogue to lift the ban is still ongoing.
The minister, who is one of the cabinet members involved in the dialogue with Twitter, stated that Twitter has agreed to all of the Nigerian government’s conditions, with the exception of “timelines.”
“It was Twitter, just to put it in context, that reached out to the federal government to say they want to know what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the federal government. And so we’ve gone far. I may not at this forum, let out a lot, but we give them a lot of conditions (and) they have agreed to all those conditions. What is left now are the timelines to fulfill those conditions.
“Once those timelines come and they fulfill those conditions, Twitter will be back to business in Nigeria. They know exactly what we want. And these are things that are extremely altruistic,” Keyamo said.
He stated that the social media giant has agreed to pay taxes to the Nigerian government in addition to establishing a physical office in Nigeria where users can file complaints.
The microblogging platform’s operation in Nigeria was suspended on June 4, two days after Twitter deleted a controversial tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari. The Nigerian government, on the other hand, accused Twitter of funding dissent in the country.