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Months later, Twitter is back in Nigeria – Nigeria lifts Twitter ban

    After long and breath-taking months of Twitter black-out in Nigeria, the micro-blogging platform is now officially opened in the country. Yes, Nigerians living in Nigeria no longer need a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to open Twitter anymore. It is now free to open!

    Well, this is a great piece of news for Nigerians, and people reacted on the platform tremendously using hashtags such as #TwitterisBack and #TwitterBan. Unexpectedly, the #EndSARS hashtag trended again, as well, probably, as an addition to the joy.

    The Nigerian government says Twitter has agreed to meet all of its demands -Including Twitter opening a local office in Nigeria, addressing concerns over its tax payments, and “managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian law.”

    There are a series of other reasons behind the ban, Nigerian government also claimed that they are trying to curb fake news. In a statement issued by Nigeria’s technology agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the approval to lift the ban was given by President Buhari.

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    Within the early days of last year’s June, the Nigeria Government banned Twitter, the ban came after Twitter deleted tweets made by the President, warning the southeastern people of Nigeria, Igbos, of a potential repeat of the 1967 Biafran Civil War due to the ongoing insurgency in Southeastern Nigeria.

    Twitter went ahead and also temporarily suspended Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s account also. However, different bodies complained and lamented that the ban should be lifted, such as the US, EU, the British, Amnesty International, Canadian, Swedish diplomatic missions and etc.

    Twitter itself called the ban “deeply concerning” However, from the period of 5 June 2021 to 13 January 2022, Twitter users in Nigeria were totally unable to access the microblogging platform, but as of 12am on the 13th of January, Twitter is now free to open.

    The current Nigerian government has long held concerns over the use of Twitter in the country, where the government lifted the ban after Twitter agreed to establish “a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022” and also agreed to pay an “applicable tax”.