Twitter Ban mutes Nigerian Government while citizens have their way
Nigerian citizens have found ways to express themselves through Twitter platform despite the ban by the Nigeria government while the government and its agencies are boxed into a corner of their decisions.
BBC Newsday spoke to Gbenga Sesan of the Paradigm Initiative, which offers digital opportunities to young people across Africa, who says the government’s ban had backfired:
“Guess what? The only people who have been muted right now appear to be the government themselves. Yes, some businesses are not tweeting because clearly they do not want to be punished, but the citizens they were trying to proscribe are still tweeting.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister has said the government is in talks with the tech giant.
After meeting diplomats, Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said the government would see how negotiations progressed before making any further decisions.
In their latest move against Twitter, the authorities have ordered broadcasters to deactivate their accounts.
Western diplomats have criticised the suspension, saying free speech is a key part of democracy.
The Nigerian government has denied it ordered the shutdown after Twitter removed a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari threatening a secessionist group.