US welcomes Twitter restoration in Nigeria, says it's vital tool for expression

US welcomes Twitter restoration in Nigeria, says it's vital tool for expression
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The United States of America has welcomed the lifting of the ban on Twitter by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

WuzupNigeria reported that the ban placed on the micro-blogging site was lifted on Wednesday after seven months.

Due to the fallout between the Nigerian government and the American tech company, tweeps, celebrities, businesses and politicians were forced to access the platform via an encrypted third-party connection known as a Virtual Private Network - fondly called VPN.

However, the lifting of the ban on Wednesday brings an end to the suspension of Twitter operations in the country which lasted for 222 days.

In a statement released by the US mission in Nigeria on Thursday, the US said: “We welcome the restoration of Twitter’s services by @NigeriaGov.

"Social media remains a vital tool for expression, information sharing, and economic growth.

“We are pleased that access for Nigerians is #BackOn & look forward to continuing to engage and grow with you here.”

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