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BREAKING: FG gives condition to lift twitter ban

The Federal Government of Nigeria has given a condition for lifting the ban imposed on popular microblogging site, Twitter.

Nigeria imposed an indefinite suspension on Twitter following the deletion of President Buhari’s speech last week Friday and allegations of interference in Nigeria’s security disposition towards the proscribed IPOB group.

In a meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the Diplomatic Missions Of Canada, The European Union (Delegation To Nigeria), The Republic Of Ireland, The United Kingdom And The United States on Monday, the Minister explained that the Government has banned twitter to prevent it from being used as a tool to destabilize the country.

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He also revealed the condition for which the ban will be lifted.

He said: “I felt it’s absolutely right and appropriate to take your comment very seriously and meet with you for us to in our usual friendly way discuss and share opinion with regard to that and clarify certain issues.

“We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing; why we have taken this measure is to stop them to be used as platforms for destabilisation and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities. We want to use social media for good”

On when the ban will be lifted, Onyeama said there is no definite timeline but “The condition (for lifting the ban) would be responsible use of the social media and that really has to be it.

“Lives matter; Nigerian lives matter and we have to do everything we can to preserve Nigerian lives. When we feel our goals are threatened, actions need to be taken.”

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