The Federal overstated has stated its condition if it must lift the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, disclosed the conditions to lift the suspension of Twitter operations in the country.
This came during a meeting with foreign envoys yesterday June 7, in Abuja. According to the Minister, the blogging site will be restored in Nigeria only if the platform can be used “responsibly”.
Speaking further, the Minister said no definite timeline has been fixed on when the site operator will be restored, he also noted that the site was suspended to stop it from being used as a platform for destabilization and facilitation of criminality
According to him, the given condition would be a responsible use of social media.
He stated; “We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing. Why we have taken this measure is to stop people from using the site as platforms for destabilization and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities”
The meeting had the envoys of the US, UK, Canada, and the European Union in attendance, after they were summoned for having condemned the “indefinite” suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.
Onyeama speaking with newsmen after the meeting yesterday, said the meeting was held because the Federal government took the comments made by envoys “very seriously”, hence had reached a decision to discuss the matter with them in the “usual friendly way.”
The Minister also added that the president’s administration is committed to keeping to its “main objective and legacy” which according to him, is the security of lives and property.
He also said; “We want to use social media for good, differences in opinion is not an issue; everybody will not think alike. But lives matter; Nigerian lives matter and we have to do everything we can to preserve Nigerian lives. And when we feel our goals are threatened, actions need to be taken.”