Nigeria’s Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed has travelled to the US to fulfill with prime executives of standard microblogging website, Twitter.
SaharaReporters on Tuesday completely obtained a video exhibiting the minister and Olusegun Adeyemi, Particular Assistant to the President (Media), Workplace of the Minister of Info and Tradition, in a Delta Airline heading to the US.
VIDEO: Nigeriaâs Notorious Info 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
The Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities on June 5, 2021 indefinitely banned Twitter, proscribing 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 Struggle (1967-1970) wherein an estimated 2 million South-Easterners died of hunger.
Nevertheless, the Nigerian authorities claimed the ban was finally primarily based on “a litany of issues with the social media platform in Nigeria, the place misinformation and faux information unfold by way of it have had actual world violent penalties”.
It additionally accused Twitter of threatening the company unity of Nigeria.
Within the video obtained by SaharaReporters, Mohammed is seen attempting to disguise with a baseball cap.
A prime supply who disclosed the vacation spot and the mission of the federal government staff to SaharaReporters, stated, “You’ll be able to see Lai Mohammed attempting to disguise with a face cap, he flew on seat 8A within the enterprise class part of Delta Airline from Lagos to New York.
“He flew together with his Particular Assistant, Olusegun Adeyemi who took seat 8C within the enterprise class.”
This comes after a press release by Mohammed final Wednesday that Nigeria would quickly carry its ban on Twitter after resolving a few of its variations with the social media platform, signalling the top of a coverage extensively condemned as an affront to freedom of expression.
The ban was condemned by Amnesty Worldwide, Swedish Embassy and the British and Canadian missions in Nigeria.
Home organisations together with the Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Mission (SERAP) have challenged the ban in court docket.
Sadly, although many Nigerians have bypassed the ban through the use of Digital Non-public Community (VPN), the already battered financial system of the nation loses a fortune each day to the ban.
For example, as at August 6, British agency, Top10VPN estimated that the ban had affected round 104.4 million web customers within the nation, and price the nation round $366.9 million. The agency made the calculations utilizing a software developed by web governance watchdog organisation, Netblocks, and Web Society, a US advocacy nonprofit.
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