The Nigerian government announced on Friday it had indefinitely suspended Twitter’s operations in the West African country. Instead, it turned out to be a mockery for posting a message about the Twitter ban.
Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that Nigeria has “Indefinitely suspend operations of microblogging and social networks such as Twitter in Nigeria.”
A statement posted on the ministry’s official Twitter account said: “Continued use of the platform for activities that can undermine the existence of Nigerian organizations.”
The suspension came two days after the social media giant deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to punish separatists in the region.
Despite Friday̵7;s announcement, the Associated Press reported that users were still able to access Twitter by late Friday. And many people say they just use a VPN to maintain access to the platform.
Reuters reported that the deputy minister said: “Wait and see how things turn out” when asked how the suspension will be enforced. The money transfer service also reported that Twitter’s website was not accessible in Nigeria on some mobile operators while its app and website worked on other carriers.
The ministry posted a message in the form of a Twitter thread in which one user replied: “Are you using Twitter to suspend Twitter? Aren’t you angry?”
On Wednesday, Twitter deleted a post from Buhari warning separatist armed groups in the southeast of the country that they could “rudely shocked”
“Many of these abusive behaviors today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of life that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,” he tweeted, referring to the Biafra conflict that has killed 1 million people. A million people between 1967 and 1970. “The people of us in the fields for 30 months through the war will treat them in a language they understand.”
In addition to deleting the post for violating the policy. Buhari’s account has been suspended for 12 hours.
in the past few months Biafra-backed separatist groups have been accused of attacking police and government buildings. However, the banned separatist group is the indigenous people of Biafra. has denied participation on several occasions.
with post power cable