The decision came after Twitter agreed to comply with all conditions set by the Nigerian government, according to a government statement. These terms include “managing prohibited publications in accordance with Nigerian law” and handling operational and tax issues.
Last June, the Nigerian government suspended Twitter’s activities in the country, accusing the American social media giant of using its platform “for activities likely to undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
The ban was announced just two days after Twitter deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari that was widely perceived as offensive. In the tweet, Buhari threatened citizens in the southeastern region after attacks on public property.
“The new global reality is that digital platforms and their operators are exerting enormous influence on the fabric of our society, social interaction and economic decisions. These platforms can be used either as a tool or as a weapon,” the government said in its statement on Wednesday.
“As such, our action is a deliberate attempt to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter to achieve the maximum mutual benefit for our nation without compromising the legitimate interests of the company. Our commitment was very respectful, heartfelt and successful,” it said.
The government added that its decision to lift the suspension “opens a new chapter in global digital diplomacy” and “sets a new operational pattern for Twitter to come back stronger for the benefit of Nigerians.”
CNN took to Twitter to respond to Nigeria’s announcement.