Nigeria has suspended Twitter after deleting a message from the president that threatened to punish regional secessionists.
Nigeria will lift the ban on Twitter from midnight (2300 GMT) after the social media platform pledged to open a local office, among other deals struck with authorities in the West African country. , a senior government official said on Wednesday.
The Nigerian government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Telecom companies subsequently blocked access to users in Nigeria.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, said in a statement that Buhari had given his consent to lift the suspension.
“Twitter has agreed to act with respectful acknowledgment of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history upon which such legislation has been built…” Abdullahi’s statement said.
The company would work with the federal government and industry at large “to develop a code of conduct consistent with global best practices, applicable in nearly all developed countries,” he said.
“Therefore, the [federal government] lifts the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria effective midnight January 13, 2022.”
Abdullahi, who also chaired a joint technical committee of Nigerian officials and Twitter, said the US company had agreed to appoint a country representative to engage with Nigerian authorities and comply with local tax obligations.