Nigerians were on Friday stunned by the Federal Government’s decision to ban popular social media site Twitter from the country.
In a shocking statement by the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, the government accused the microblogging site of double standards after it deleted a post by the president, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
Mohammed’s statement said the government has “suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.”
The decision, coming days after widespread reports that the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had allegedly called for the suspension of the constitution, has drawn widespread criticism on social media, with many lamenting Nigeria’s cataclysmic decline into despotism.
A former lawmaker representing Kaduna central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, tweeted: “Twitter suspension, a bad legacy”.
A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omori, took aim at the regime for their incompetence, calling on Twitter to ignore the directive as it cannot be effected.
He wrote: “The suspension of the activities of @Twitter in Nigeria by the @MBuhari administration should be ignored by @Jack. The Buhari government has no means to effect the suspension, and even members of the administration are still on Twitter.”
Media personality and former host of TV Game Show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Frank Edoho, lambasted the Buhari administration as an absolute failure, saying they would answer for their crimes.
He wrote: “Welcome to absolute failure. If you think that banning Twitter would cause everybody to migrate to your cursed & crooked craw craw app, you are delusional. It might take a long time but you all will answer for your crimes to this Country. Bookmark this on your stupid crowwe”
A Twiter user @Iam_realGben pointed out the irony of taking to Twitter to announce a suspension of Twitter.
“You can how clueless this cluess govt is banning twitter in Nigeria and announcing on the same Twitter. Failed govt”