Twitter Ban: Hours After Suspension, Many Nigerians Still Tweeting, Mocking Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Others

Several hours after the Nigerian government suspended micro-blogging and social networking service, Twitter, checks by SaharaReporters revealed that hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have tweeted even after the pronouncement. 

Twitter remains active on mobile phones and the site remains accessible with trending topics such as Lai Mohammed, Mazi and Adamu Garba. 

Lai Mohammed has 21,100 tweets, Mazi has 9,049 tweets while Adamu Garba has 11, 900 tweets as of press time. 

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had earlier said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration suspended Twitter over the use of the platform for AC “activities which undermine the corporate existence of the country.” 

The Minister said the Federal Government had also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria,” Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the President (Media),
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, had said in a release. 

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