The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the lifting of a ban on social media giant Twitter after the company agreed to conditions, including opening a local office.
According to a government statement, the conditions also include addressing operations and tax issues and “managing prohibited publications in line with Nigerian law”.
The move comes seven months after Nigerian authorities had announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter in the country, accusing the United States-based company of allowing its platform to be used “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The suspension came two days after Twitter temporarily suspended President Muhammadu Buhari’s account for violating Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy after a tweet in which he threatened to punish regional secessionists in the wake of attacks on public property.
The suspension prompted many to turn to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to be able to access the online platform. Despite the massive usage of VPNs, however, experts said the ban sent the wrong signal to foreign investors and hurt small businesses using Twitter as a source of livelihood.
Following the government’s announcement, Twitter Public Policy on Thursday said it was “pleased” that the service “has been restored for everyone in Nigeria”.