The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami has revealed that Twitter Inc had to apologize to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration befire they were given the right to operate in the country again.
Sequel to the ban on Twitter, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had sued the government to the ECOWAS court to defend the reason behind their decision.
Malami appeared before the ECOWAS court and made it known that Twitter violated some rules in Nigeria and they had to apologize and vow to abide by the country’s rules.
Malami said, in a document as seen by Peoples Gazette: “The Court should also take a Judicial Notice that Twitter Inc Service had already approached the Defendant with an apology and a promise to be law-abiding to all the countries rules, regulations and policies,”
Recall Buhari made the revelation that the ban on Twitter had been lifted during the 61st independence speech of Nigeria.
Buhari had said, “Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information.
“However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.
“Rather some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.
“To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021, to allow the Government to put measures in place to address these challenges.
“Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue..