Nigerians have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to play the long game in the run-up to the next elections in 2023.
In response to the lifting of the Twitter ban, some Nigerians claimed that the Buhari administration was attempting to bribe them ahead of the elections.
After 222 days, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the removal of the prohibition.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement, announced the decision.
Kashifu said in an Abuja statement on Wednesday that the permission came as a result of a document addressed to Buhari by his Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim.
The Nigerian government had in June 2021, suspended the operations of Twitter in the country. The restriction was imposed a few days after Buhari’s tweet was removed off Twitter.
However, Nigerians raised an eyebrow when the prohibition was lifted a year before the general elections in 2023.
Others chastised the Nigerian government, while others praised it for taking the initiative.