MINISTER of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that microblogging and social networking platform, Twitter was not banned in Nigeria.
Mohammed, insisted that Twitter was merely suspended in Nigeria and not banned.
Responding to a question from a participant at the Nigerian International Partnership Forum in Paris, the minister explained that the delay in lifting the suspension in Nigeria is due to the delay in meeting 10 out of the 12 conditions given to it.
The Minister said, “I want to categorically say that Twitter was not banned in Nigeria, it was only suspended. So, Twitter was never banned, it was suspended.
“Also, the suspension has nothing to do with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The correspondence between us and Twitter has reached an advanced stage. I want to say that the correspondences and the exchanges have been fruitful.
“But we have a few more issues to resolve. Out of about 12 conditions, Twitter has been able to meet 10.
Lai Mohammed added that “Very soon, all issues will be resolved in a way that it will be good for both our country and Twitter.”
Meanwhile the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai, has come under attack for using Twitter despite the ban by the Nigerian government. El-rufai, on Wednesday night responded to a tweet by a user commending him for his good works while he was the FCT minister.
This did not go down well with Nigerians who queried him for using Twitter despite the ban.
However, El-rufai, has responded saying he’s using Twitter at the moment because he’s outside the country.
His tweet read: “VPN? Nope, outside Nigeria for a couple of days, so can tweet for the time being.”