– Some prominent Nigerians have responded to the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country
– A former Senate president, Bukola Sarak, explained why some Nigerian youths could suffer economically due to the ban
– The Nigerian government has instructed network providers in the country to block access to the microblogging site
A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and a former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, have both reacted to the indefinite suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government.
Atiku in a message shortly after the suspension was announced, expressed the hope that he was not sending out his last tweet.
”Hopefully, this isn’t my last tweet.”
On his part, Bukola Saraki disclosed why he does not support the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
The politician stated many Nigerian youths use Twitter as part of their daily lives and a source of their income.
”No sir! This should not be the response from the president of a nation with a vibrant youthful population for whom #Twitter is part of their daily lives and a source of their income and livelihood.”
Meanwhile, a former senator, Shehu Sani, has suggested that some Nigerians could travel to other countries bordering Nigeria to use their Twitter accounts following the ban imposed by the federal government on the site.
The activist who seemed to be making fun of the situation, made the statement via his Twitter account shortly before the ban was fully imposed on Friday, June 4.
The former lawmaker stated that residents in Lagos could travel to Cotonou, a city on the south coast of Benin to tweet.
In another news, Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, has reacted to the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.
Aisha Buhari announced on Friday evening, June 4, that she will be deactivating her Twitter account. She made the announcement via a tweet that has now been deleted.
However, shortly before she deactivated the account, First Lady showed her support for the unity of the country by saying long-life Nigeria.