There is an uproar on social media as the Federal government has reportedly suspended the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this via a statement issued by the Ministry’s spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi on Friday.
“The Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria,” the statement read.
The Minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Nigerians have taken to social media to react to this news.
I don’t think anybody should take this ban of Twitter in Nigeria news seriously. These clowns don’t even have the technological requirements to implement it. Let them start with tracking down the bandits and Boko Haram terrorists first.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) June 4, 2021
They trying to suspend Twitter in Nigeria⁉️ Oh helllll no, you messing with the wrong people! 😤 Big WAHALA!!
— ENISA (@IAmENISA) June 4, 2021
Using Twitter to announce the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria. I bloody love this country 😩😂 https://t.co/cZtw7yh9yA
— V££ 🔥 (@veeiye) June 4, 2021
Say after me:
We will resist every attempt of the Government to ban Twitter in Nigeria.
— Rinu #EndSARS🔥🔫 (@SavvyRinu) June 4, 2021
You mean the Federal Government released a press statement on *Twitter that they’ve banned Twitter in Nigeria. The comedian of the year award belongs to FG.
— Duke of Ibadan 🀄 (@_AsiwajuLerry) June 4, 2021
This one that Federal Government has announced the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, kindly suggest in the comment section some free VPNs people can use before the suspension fully takes effect.
— Alex Oluwatobi (@alexlobaloba) June 4, 2021
You can suspend Twitter in Nigeria in a week, but you can’t solve insecurity, electricity issues, health, education, roads since 1960?. Shameless!!!!!!
— MONITORING_SPIRIT (@Sonjoe_Kutuh) June 4, 2021
The most shameful thing about the ban of Twitter in Nigeria is not even that it was announced.
It’s the realisation that this government can’t see the divisiveness and irresponsibility of that Buhari tweet, and the barefacedness with which it is going about it.
— ‘Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) June 4, 2021
Does Lai Mohammed know that there’s a little something called VPN that Nigerians can use to circumvent the Federal Government’s so-called ban on Twitter in Nigeria? These ignorant, prehistoric creatures in gov’t never cease to amaze with their insufferable boneheadedness.
— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) June 4, 2021