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Twitter Ban To End Soon, Buhari Govt Reassures Nigerians

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THE Federal Government on Wednesday said it was “very close” to lifting the over 100-day ban on the microblogging platform, Twitter.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance while briefing State House correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that 100 days had passed since the Buhari-led regime banned Twitter in Nigeria for deleting the President’s infamous tweet on the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The government had also said on August 11 that “the ban will be lifted soon”.

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Mohammed, who was asked to give an update on the ban and ongoing negotiations with Twitter said, “The end for an amicable resolution is very much in sight. We appreciate the patience of Nigerians. I want to assure you that we have made very tremendous progress. We have met with Twitter both physically and in writing. We are almost there.

“The engagement has been extremely positive without any acrimony. We have made it clear what we want from Twitter.

“I want to assure you that between the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter. If the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell you that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

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