Today, Nigeria’s Ministry of Information and Culture announced that it had decided to stop the operation of Twitter in Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture made the statement and Segun Adeyemi, his media aide, signed it off. This could mean that Nigerians cannot use Twitter because telecoms in the country are preventing them from doing so.
The announcement represents the culmination of events over the past week.
Buhari, the Head of State of the country in the 1980s, was also a soldier in the army against the secessionists. He said that young Nigerians living in the country’s southern part are too young to recall the terrible events that took place during the war. He said that the current-day secessionists’ activities are likely to lead to war and it was, therefore, necessary to prevent them from advancing with force.
Twitter deleted the tweet following a violation of its abusive behavior policy and numerous calls from Nigerians. Twitter suspended the account of President Obama and left it in “read-only” mode for 12 hours.
Nigeria took retaliation and suspended the platform’s operations within the country. Although Twitter does not have offices in Nigeria, the announcement could still be made.
Although there hasn’t been a ban on social media in Nigeria, the current administration isn’t afraid to use ploys to limit access to certain websites and social media. It was one of the tactics used during the EndSARS protests that rocked the country in October 2020. This is a clear ploy by Nigerian government to use telecoms operators to suppress free speech, as well as other African countries that have had internet access restricted or banned.
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