President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria, the Ministry of Information has disclosed.
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Federal Government’s team comprises the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Works and Housing, Minister of State for Labour and Employment as well as other relevant
government agencies. The team will be chaired by the minister of information.
The statement noted that Twitter wrote to President Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.
The Federal Government had earlier in June suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service site in Nigeria, citing the persistent use of the Twitter platform for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Twitter ban was announced by the Information Minister two days after Twitter deleted President Buhari’s tweet wherein he threatened to deal with secessionist agitators “in the language they understand”.
The social media networking site had said the tweet violated the Twitter Rules.