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Buhai names Malami, Pantami, others to negotiate with Twitter over suspension

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s Team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria, TechEconomy.ng can report.

The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team.

The Federal Government’s team also comprises the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as well as other relevant government agencies.

Following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria, for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, Twitter wrote to President Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.

Recall that President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had joined millions of Nigerians calling for lifting of the suspension of Twitter by the federal government.

Lawan explained that Nigeria and the social network platform need each other, calling for an amicable resolution of the feud with Twitter.

TechEconomy.ng reported that earlier today that five non-governmental organizations and four journalists have filed a suit against the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja on this matter.

The NGO applicants are asking the Court to declare the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria a violation of their human rights under international law, order the Government to immediately rescind the suspension order, and compensate them for the violation of their rights.

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