Twitter Suspension: Nigerian Users Prepared To Bypass Official Channel, Use Virtual Private Networks

Nigerians on social media have called for the usage of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) following the suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, by the Nigerian Government.

VPN, according to, is a connection that allows users to establish a protected network connection when using public networks. It encrypts internet traffic and disguises the user’s online identity. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track users’ activities online and steal data.

On Friday, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement signed by his Special Assistant Segun Adeyemi citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

Nigerian tweeps have, however, shown their preparedness to make use of VPNs to allow for continued access to the platform, which many young Nigerians have considered vital to their connectivity to the outside world.

On Nigerian Twitter, VPN trends at number three as Twitter users keep listing VPNs that can be used.  

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