Social media giant Twitter has agreed to pay the “applicable tax” and set up a legal entity in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, chief executive of the National Information Technology Development Agency, who led the Nigerian team that negotiated with Twitter, said in a statement while announcing the lifting of the more than six-month suspension. of the social media platform in the country.
Twitter will also appoint a “designated national representative to interact with Nigerian authorities” by 2023 and register with the Trade Affairs Commission, Abdullahi said.
The platform is also expected to enroll Nigeria in its partner support and law enforcement portals. The Law Enforcement Portal provides a channel for law enforcement agencies to submit a report with legal substantiation when they suspect that content violates Nigerian laws.
“Twitter has agreed to act with respectful acknowledgment of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built and to work with the FGN and the industry at large to develop a code of conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries,” Abdullahi said.
Nigeria suspended Twitter in June 2021, days after the platform deleted a remark from Buhari’s account, sparking an outcry against free speech in Africa’s most populous country.
Nigerian officials defended the suspension by saying Twitter was used to promote false information and for destabilizing activities, particularly by separatists in the southeast.
Buhari’s government and Twitter are in talks on a list of conditions to end the suspension, including talks on taxes, content and local registration in Nigeria.
“The issues are being resolved and I have ordered that the suspension be lifted, but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens to continue using the platform for business and positive engagement,” Buhari said in a speech marking Nigeria’s Independence Day. .