FG deny giving condition to lift twitter ban


The Federal Government has denied it gave condition(s) for lifting ban on twitter in Nigeria.

The federal government slammed twitter with an indefinite suspension consequent on the microblogging site’s deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet, which it deemed at variance with its policy.

But the media was on Monday awash with report that the government through Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said it would lift the suspension if twitter can guarantee responsible use of its platform.

The report has however, been refuted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry via a statement the ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye released.

The statement titled, Clarification of Comments By The Honourable Minister Of Foreign Affairs At His Meeting With Envoys reads in part: “This statement by the Honourable Minister has been quoted out of context. Contrary to the publications, the Honourable Minister was speaking generally about the responsibilities that go with freedom of speech, stating that platforms that have the power to instantly disseminate information among billions of people have the added responsibility to exercise that power responsibly.

“The Ministry wishes to state categorically that the Honourable Minister did not give any conditions regarding lifting the Twitter suspension.”

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