We’ll lift Twitter ban ‘very soon’ – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has restated that the government will soon lift the ban on microblogging platform Twitter.

Mohammed disclosed this while answering questions from State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister said a lot of progress had been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.

He said, “I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly, it has been productive and quite respectful.

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“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

The minister said both parties were focused on concluding the matter.

He said, “What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. But I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put this matter to a close.

“And like Twitter itself said, the changes have been very very productive for both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful.”

When pressed further to be specific on when the ban will be lifted, Mohammed simply said, “Honestly, we have gone very far, I won’t be specific but we have gone very far, and honestly, it’s just going to be very very soon. Just take my word for that. Honestly, I can’t be more specific than what I’ve told you that it is going to be very soon.”

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