BREAKING: The Nigerian government has officially banned the use of Twitter and all its operations in the country with immediate effect, following the removal of President Buhari’s tweet by the platform.
In a statement shared on Twitter by the Nigerian Government’s communications team, the statement clarified the official decision to ban the social networks operations indefinitely saying:
The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
This will be done through the denial of access to Twitter, by all of Nigeria’s network providers.
Twitter has come out in response to the ban, by expressing their disapproval of the Nigerian Government’s extreme decision to ban the platform and went on to reassure Twitter users in Nigeria, that they will work hard to restore access to all those who rely on the platform to communicate.
Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn said Twitter.
We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) June 5, 2021
We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn
I am deeply concerned by the suspending of President Donald Trump on Twitter. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society, even if you disagree with their politics.— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) June 5, 2021
The move by the government came just days after a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was removed for breaching the site’s rules, though no mention of this was made in its statement.
According to news platform CNN, From the early hours of Saturday, Twitter’s site was inaccessible for many Nigerians. It was a swift implementation of the government ban which took effect just hours after the policy was announced.
Many Nigerians have condemned the ban, with the country’s main opposition party describing the move as “unwarranted” and “pushing Nigerians to the wall.”
Thanks Twitter, the Nigerian govt is tirelessly trying to silence Nigerians cos they've zero control over what happens on Twitter & Nigerians are using the app to create awareness. Twitter, while u guys work to restore access, the govt accts enabling this ban deserves suspensi¤n.— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) June 5, 2021
To continue using your Twitter in Nigeria, go to your settings, enable proxy.— WiseChief (@ImOzor) June 5, 2021
Use 188.8.131.52 as your proxy address.
8080 as proxy port.
You will be fine
No need for VPN
Bussiness and CEO of Ipi Solutions Adamu Garba has come out in support of the ban by the country’s government, using this as an opportunity to market and advertise a new social media platform that he has allegedly created called “Crowwe”
The most stable in the countries in the world, like China, are the ones that control social media, says Adamu Garba, former APC Presidential candidate#PoliticsToday#CTVTweets pic.twitter.com/fgxZDscwBa— Channels Television (@channelstv) June 4, 2021