The microblogging site, Twitter, has expressed its readiness to dialogue with the Nigerian government following the suspension of its operations in the West African country.
Twitter made this known in a post on its platform on Friday.
The Federal Government announced the suspension of Twitter last Friday, two days after the microblogging site deleted a tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari after it was deemed to have “violated the Twitter rules”.
President Buhari had on 1 June after meeting with the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, following the attacks on the commission’s offices in the South-East region said his administration will treat those fomenting trouble in the country “in the language they understand”.
However, the president’s comment elicited varied responses, with many Nigerians saying on social media that he had just threatened to deal with innocent citizens over the actions of a negligent few.
Many Nigerians inundated the microblogging site with requests for the removal of the controversial tweet and a suspension of the president’s account.
Despite initially saying that President Buhari’s tweet did not violate its rules, Twitter reversed its stance later on Wednesday, deleting the tweet.
In a statement by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, last Friday, the ban placed on Twitter was due to the “persistent use” of the platform in purportedly encouraging activities that “undermines Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The minister on Wednesday told journalists that Twitter’s management is seeking a “high-level discussion” to resolve the issue that led to the suspension.
The microblogging site apparently confirmed Mohammed’s statement, saying it wants to hold an “open discussion” with the Federal Government.
“Today marks one week since Twitter was blocked in Nigeria. We have informed the Nigerian government that we are ready to meet for an open discussion to address mutual concerns and see the service restored. We remain advocates for the free and #OpenInternet everywhere. #KeepitOn,” Twitter’s tweet read.