Nigerians React As Buhari Govt Lifts Ban On Twitter In Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the suspension of Twitter in the country via his Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, a few days after the platform took down a controversial tweet from him.
Nigerians reacted angrily to the announcement, even as the government threatened to prosecute those who persisted to tweet via any means.
The ban had a negative impact on the most active users of social media, the younger generation, who utilize it for trade, public relations, information, and business.
Below are some tweets gathered from some popular Nigerians.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, tweeted: “Lifted in time for election season,” TV host and political buff,
@DrOlufunmilayo tweeted: “Next year is the election year in Nigeria. Candidates are declaring interests and campaigns will soon start.
“So lifting this Twitter Ban is NOT because they care about the millions of young people’s businesses they have ruined – it’s just for politics’ sake.
The embargo took its toll on the major users of social media, the young demographic, who use it for commerce, PR, information and business.
Chidi Okereke also wrote: “It was unconstitutional, stupid and evil. Those who perpetrated it are unfit to lead and those who supported them are unfit to be citizens of this country.
“They basically infringed on Nigerians’ freedom to communicate, engage in commerce and connect, which are the things Twitter helps with.
“They banned it for over 200 days. That shows we are not in a democracy. What we have is a semblance of democracy.
“The Senate did not kick against it. The legislative arm of government was powerless about it and gave the executive a free run. Even the media houses that complied with the ban did not help,” Okereke fumed.