– Nigerians may soon have unrestrained access to Twitter as the presidency has said the suspension is temporary
– Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu gave the hint in a statement explaining the main reason while the social media platform was suspended
– The suspension of Twitter’s operations was announced on Friday, June 4, by the information minister, Lai Mohammed
Aso Rock, Abuja – The presidency has described the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria as temporary, giving hints that Nigerians may soon have unfettered access to the microblogging platform soon.
Legit.ng notes that the hint is contained in a statement released on Saturday, June 5, by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.
While shedding more lights on why Twitter was suspended, Shehu described the government’s action as “temporary”.
The statement read partly:
“The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post.”
Shehu explained that there “has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria”, adding that the company has failed to address the issues.
He cited as the reason for the action the alleged persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
The development has attracted national outrage and reactions from the international community even as Twitter promised to do all it can to ensure Nigerians have access to its platform once again.
Malami orders prosecution of Twitter ban violators
Meanwhile, Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), has ordered the immediate prosecution of Nigerians who are still accessing Twitter despite the suspension of the microblogging platform.
Despite the suspension, it is gathered that some Nigerians are still accessing the social media platform through a virtual private network (VPN).
The development prompted AGF Malami to instruct the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to persecute those violating the Twitter suspension.
Mike Ozekhome speaks on Twitter ban
Meanwhile, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has said he is not surprised that the federal government decided to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria.
According to him, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has a low tolerance for criticisms.
In a statement on Friday, June 4, Ozekhome said the current administration derives joy from going after its perceived enemies but cannot stand punches from critics.
Popular music star Davido reacts
Davido took to his Twitter page to lament the development. He shared posts where he complained about the situation of things in the country.
In one of his posts, he simply tweeted ‘Nigeria’ followed by a mind-blown emoji. In another post, the singer posted that Nigeria was once a country.