FG, Twitter talks yet to commence

From all indications, the Federal Government is not keen on fixing a date for talks with representatives from microblogging platform, Twitter.

The Nation reports that the government may set legal, security and business hurdles for Twitter before it can resume operation in Nigeria.

Twitter’s management wrote to the President seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.

The team created by President Muhammadu Buhari last week has not fixed a date for a meeting with the Twitter management.

In the government team are: ministers Lai Mohammed (Information, Culture and Tourism); Abubakar Malami Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice); Dr. Isa Pantami (Communications and Digital Economy); Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs); Babatunde Raji Fashola (Works and Housing); Festus Keyamo (Minister of State for Labour and Employment) and representatives of other relevant government agencies.

A source said the team might still hold a session this week to “consider all options the government will table before Twitter.”

The source said: “Twitter may have to wait for a while before it resumes operation. The committee has just started its work; we have not reached the level of lifting the temporary ban.”

The source said the committee will be “open and put the interest of the nation above any other considerations.”



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