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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.

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.”

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”

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