Twitter, FG schedule talks over suspension of social media in Nigeria

Twitter, FG schedule talks over suspension of social media in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s team in order to resolve the suspension of Twitter services in the country.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, who announced this information on Tuesday, June 22, will lead the FG team to engage with Twitter.

Other members of the team include the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Works and Housing; Minister of State for Labour and Employment as well as other relevant government agencies.

The statement added that Twitter had earlier wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari; seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension of the microblogging site in Nigeria.

“This is with a view to charting a path forward,” the statement added.

The Federal Government earlier in June placed a ban on the usage of Twitter in Nigeria; citing activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

Meanwhile, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed confidence that Nigeria will remain united as a strong nation; to the frustration of those waiting to see the country broken into pieces.

Osinbajo made this call on Monday, June 21, in Abuja at the maiden edition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressives Youth Conference.

“In the area of disruption and disruptive innovation, the principle that we are stronger together than in little part is a sound principle; and it is my respectful view that those who advocate the breaking up of the country are terribly wrong,” Professor Osinbajo said.

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He added, “Our size is crucial for geopolitical and economic relevance. Our people will be better served by a large populous and diverse country. As with all big and diverse countries, our business is to make this union work; it is to give everybody a sense of belonging.

“All of those waiting on the sidelines, hoping that this big country called Nigeria will break up into bits; so that they can pick up the pieces, will be very sorely disappointed; and I am very sure that those of you who are seated here today will prevent that from happening.”

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