Nigeria’s Minister of Data and Tradition, Lai Mohammed is on his method again to Nigeria after embarking on a futile journey to the US.
Mohammed had travelled to fulfill with prime executives of well-liked microblogging web site, Twitter following the suspension of the app in Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities in June.
Nonetheless, a prime supply disclosed to SaharaReporters that the journey was a futile one for the minister as he couldn’t meet with Twitter executives and was additionally shunned by American media.
SaharaReporters final Tuesday solely obtained a video exhibiting the minister and Olusegun Adeyemi, Particular Assistant to the President (Media), Workplace of the Minister of Data and Tradition, in a Delta Airline heading to the US.
VIDEO: Nigeriaâs Notorious Data Minister, Lai Mohammed Travelling To The US From Lagos To Meet With @Twitter âTried To Disguise With Face Cap As He Flew On @Delta Airline From Lagos To New York On Seat Quantity 8A#TwitterBan pic.twitter.com/9LLpCGgoMr
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) August 17, 2021
“Lai Mohammed and his PA are returning to Nigeria after failed try to meeet Twitter excos and likewise the American media he claimed he wished to fulfill in Washington, D.C. shunned him,” the supply stated about their journey to the US.
In the meantime, this newspaper has once more obtained the flight particulars of the duo on Delta Airline to Nigeria.
Data accessible to SaharaReporters reveals Mohammed and Adeyemi are flying First Class, with departure time from JFK (John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport, New York) to LOS (Lagos) acknowledged as 9.33pm, although delayed.
On the JFK, the duo will use Gate B38 at Terminal 4 whereas their arrival time is 12.58pm, although additionally delayed.
For his or her arrival on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos, the duo will make use of Gate D44.
Raufulai Mohammed, the title registered for Mohammed, has Seat 7J/Delta One (I) whereas Adeyemi has Seat 7A/Delta One (I).
The entire flight time is acknowledged as 14 hours, quarter-hour.
The Buhari-led authorities on June 5, 2021 indefinitely banned Twitter, limiting it from working in Nigeria after the social media platform deleted tweets posted by Buhari.
Buhari’s tweets, which many Nigerians discovered distasteful, had warned the Southeastern individuals of Nigeria in opposition to secession agenda, threatening to take care of them “within the language they perceive”. His feedback referenced the Nigeria Civil Conflict (1967-1970) wherein an estimated 2 million South-Easterners died of hunger.
Nonetheless, the Nigerian authorities claimed the ban was in the end based mostly on “a litany of issues with the social media platform in Nigeria, the place misinformation and pretend information unfold by it have had actual world violent penalties”.
It additionally accused Twitter of threatening the company unity of Nigeria.
The ban has been condemned by Amnesty Worldwide, Swedish Embassy and the British and Canadian missions in Nigeria.
Home organisations together with the Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge (SERAP) have challenged the ban in courtroom.
Sadly, although many Nigerians have bypassed the ban through the use of Digital Personal Community (VPN), the already battered financial system of the nation loses a fortune day-after-day to the ban.
As an example, as at August 6, British agency, Top10VPN estimated that the ban had affected round 104.4 million web customers within the nation, and value the nation round $366.9 million. The agency made the calculations utilizing a device developed by web governance watchdog organisation, Netblocks, and Web Society, a US advocacy nonprofit.
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