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Nigeria may lift Twitter suspension soon

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FILE – This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Nigerian Government has said the suspension on Twitter’s activities in Nigeria will soon be lifted following agreement that has been reached in most areas of contention with the platform.

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“We’ve made tremendous progress,”minister for information Lai Mohammed said on Wednesday. “The end for an amicable solution is in sight.”

Mohammed gave the indication while briefing newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

Giving update on the government’s negotiation with the microblogging site, the minister provided further insight into the government’s conditions given to the platform, saying that most of them have been accepted.

He said the areas still pending in the negotiations were Twitter setting up an office, a Twitter staff of management cadre that will serve as the country representative, among others were being discussed by the parties.

The minister revealed that in the area of a Nigerian office, even though Twitter has agreed to the condition, the microblogging platform is, however, maintaining that the earliest it can establish it is 2022.

He expressed confidence that everything will be trashed with Twitter within a few days or weeks.

He said the federal government’s committee negotiating with Twitter will meet on the agreement soon to make recommendations.

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