By Babajide Okeowo
Telecommunication Operators in Nigeria have restored the use of microblogging site, Twitter following the lifting of the suspension of the operation of the social media site yesterday by the Federal Government
Prior to the lifting of the suspension, Nigerians could only use the site through the assistance of Virtual Private Network (VPNs).
Recall that the Federal Government had suspended Twitter in Nigeria last June after accusing the platform of enabling the spread of fake news and hate speech that undermined national security.
The Twitter hammer came into effect days after the platform deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari referencing the Nigerian civil war.
The suspension was criticised by many including opposition party PDP, rights activists and the international community.
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka described the suspension as a “petulant gesture, unbecoming of a democratically elected president.”
Lifting of the suspension comes after months of negotiations with Twitter.
In its statement announcing the lifting of the suspension on Wednesday, the Federal Government said Twitter had agreed to establish a legal presence in Nigeria while allowing the government to play a part in its curation process.