Despite the Federal Government’s suspension of the microblogging site in the country, Twitter remains accessible in Nigeria.
Many Nigerians now use VPN to access Twitter. Online forums have become a medium for residents of the country to share information, and the users of the site encourage others to use a virtual priate network (VPN) to access Twitter.
Farooq Kperogi, a social commentator, tweeted a few hours after the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria. “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?”
Our correspondent discovered that Twitter is still accessible in Nigeria with the usage of a VPN.
“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?” Farooq Kperogi
Nigeria’s government has suspended Twitter, a popular microblogging platform used by Nigerian youth, politicians, and government agencies. The suspension took effect at 12 a.m., when the federal government directed all telecom operators in the country to turn off Twitter on their networks by that time. Following Twitter’s removal of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘civil war’ tweet, which the social media giant claimed violated its rules, the government took action.
The Nigerian Bar Association, an umbrella body of laywers, has criticized the government for denying Nigerians the right to freely express their constitutionally guaranteed opinions by suspending Twitter.