After much pressure across the globe, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night made a U-turn on the indefinite ban of twitter in Nigeria, saying the ban is temporal.
Lai Mohammed had on Friday said Twitter has been suspended indefinitely in Nigeria, following the micro-blogging site deletion of Mr Buhari’s threat to repeat civil war genocide in south eastern Nigeria.
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” Mr Mohammed said in a statement by his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi.
Since the unpopular announcement, Nigerians from all walks of life have continued to condemn the action. Diplomatic missions of Sweden, Canada, United States, Britain, as well as rights body Amnesty International have all criticised the move and called for its reversal.
Local and international rights body say the ban of Twitter is an attack on the freedom of expression of Nigerians.
Mr Buhari in a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu has now indicated that the suspension is temporary and not indefinite as earlier stated by Mr Mohammed.