The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria. The FG made this known in a statement via official Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Friday, June 4, 2021.
This development comes after the social media platform recently deleted one of President’s Buhari’s tweet for violating its rules. There has been an uproar from the announcement as Nigerians react to the FG’s use of the platform to announce suspension of the platform.
Read what the Federal Government had to say after suspending Twitter operations in Nigeria:
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting l Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”
Read some of the reactions of Nigerians to the news of Twitter’s suspension below:
You’re using Twitter to suspend twitter? Are you not mad? 🙄
— Che🇬🇭🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@CheEsquire) June 4, 2021
Using @twitter to announced the suspension of its operation in Nigeria on its platform. Are you alright???
— Ayo Kingdove👤🕊🕊🕊 (@MeduolaS) June 4, 2021
Lmao! It's now that I know that many Nigerian leaders don't think. Do they know the number of Nigerians that tweet from the diaspora? And how many Nigerians have access to VPNs? Lol. Stone age mindsets. Smh.
— Pels (@PelumiOlugbenga) June 4, 2021
Way 2go, fully in support of this decision. Long overdue…
— Abi Alex (@tekumole) June 4, 2021
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