What Nigeria Gained from Twitter Ban – FG
By Kabir Abdulsalam
TECHDIGEST – The Federal Government has said it has no regret on the steps it took on the suspension of Twitter.
The government said that contrary to widespread claims, the country has gained a lot from the negotiations and the agreement it was able to strike with the microblogging site.
The government disclosed this in an elaborate statement which announced the lifting of the ban, issued by the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi.
According to the statement, the gains include:
Ongoing economic and training opportunities as the Company continues to consider expanding its presence in Nigeria;
Getting a better understanding of how to use the Twitter platform effectively to improve businesses;
Revenue generation from the operation of Twitter in Nigeria;
Smooth and coordinated relationship between Nigerian Government and Twitter leading to mutual trust;
Reduction of cybercriminal activities such as terrorism, cyberstalking, hate speech, etc.;
The federal government had on June 4 suspended the operation of Twitter through an announcement made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed.
President Muhammadu Buhari therefore constituted a seven-man Committee to engage Twitter team on the way forward.