Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the path of lifting the access ban on Twitter, which suspended his account for threatening rebels, after heated debates, lawsuits and economic damage.
‘Twitter agreed to all terms‘
According to the social media giant’s statement about making it accessible from today, the decision was made after “Twitter agreed to fulfill all the conditions set by the Nigerian government.”
‘Respect for Nigeria’s laws, culture, and history’
Noting that these conditions include “management of broadcasts and operations and handling of operations and tax matters that are prohibited in accordance with Nigerian law.” Twitter is committed to acting by respectfully recognizing Nigeria’s laws, national culture, and history and being one of the most globalized countries, with practices in virtually all developed countries. It was stated that it agreed to develop a code of conduct in line with good practice.
‘Immense effect, can be used as a weapon’
“Therefore, our action is a deliberate attempt to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter to achieve the maximum mutual benefit for our nation without jeopardizing the legitimate interests of the company. Our response has been very respectful, sincere, and successful.“
The government said the decision to lift the access ban ‘opens a new page in global digital diplomacy‘, adding that it ‘creates a new operational template for Twitter to come back stronger to the benefit of Nigerians‘.
‘We will treat them in the language they understand‘
The crisis started when Buhari, one of the commanders of the 1967-1970 Nigerian civil war, tweeted to those who attacked election centers and police stations in southeast Nigeria on June 1:
“Many of those who act inappropriately today are too young to be conscious of the destruction and loss of life suffered during the civil war. Those like us who have been on the field for 30 months and have seen and gone through the war will treat them in a language they understand.“