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Despite Twitter ban in Nigeria, five Governors remain active, tweet

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By Nsikak Nseyen and Silas Onuoha

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Many distinguished Nigerians have continued to defy the ban on micro-blogging and social media platform, Twitter, regardless of the the menace by the Nigerian authorities to prosecute Nigerians nonetheless posting or utilizing the microblogging website.

Final Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities introduced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria over what it termed, “the persistent use of the platform for actions which might be able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence.”

The suspension got here days after Twitter deleted a controversial tweet by Buhari the place he made reference to the 1967 civil battle.

Amid the general public outcry and criticism that greeted the federal government’s Twitter suspension, the Lawyer Basic of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday ordered the prosecution of violators of the ban.

Nigerians had instantly opted for Digital Non-public Networks (VPN) in a bid to entry the platform, daring the police to arrest them and prosecute them.

VPN, a key path for digital anonymity, has enabled Nigeria to pattern in several elements of the world.

DAILY POST gathered that points referring to Twitter ban in Nigeria have turn out to be widespread in free VPN areas, particularly in the USA, Netherlands, Canada and Eire.

Simply two days in the past, ‘Nigeria, ‘TB Joshua, ‘June 12 protest, ‘Buhari, ‘werey, ‘Oyo, ‘Igbo trended in Netherlands, America, Canada and another nations.

Curiously, some Governors have been utilizing VPN to entry Twitter. Amongst these but to adjust to Buhari’s order are the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Though some Governors who have been lively earlier than the suspension have complied with the directive, the accounts of others who not often use the platform have remained dormant as standard.

Governor Makinde had, whereas calling on the Authorities to rescind the choice, stated many can be rendered jobless.

He counselled Buhari to not hamper the operations of hundreds of companies and companies, sustaining that the ban is able to affecting traders’ confidence within the nation.

He, nonetheless, referred to as for due consideration of the Authorities because of the implications of its motion.

Lending his voice to sentence the ban, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State tweeting through his official deal with, stated the ban was unlawful.

In keeping with him, it’s also an ill-advised transfer to divert the eye of Nigerians from the FG’s failure to sort out insecurity in elements of the nation.

He famous that the ban quantities to suppression of elementary human rights and gagging of social media.

Equally, El-Rufai, a number one member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, tweeted regardless of the prevailing order by the Federal Authorities.

El-Rufai used the banned social media platform to tweet what looks like help for the Federal Authorities, saying, “Based mostly Nigeria: African nation teaches US lesson in the right way to deal with Huge Tech tyranny — RT Op-ed.”

Nevertheless, when DAILY POST reached Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, to touch upon why his principal didn’t obey the FG’s Twitter ban directive and why he described it as unlawful, the CPS stated the reply was within the governor’s tweet.

Akase stated, “The reply was within the query you requested.

“Even the governor’s tweet and assertion we issued, the reply is there.

“So learn our assertion and the governor’s tweet, you should have the reply there,” he added.

In the meantime, all efforts made by DAILY POST to get a response from the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, Taiwo Adisa, proved abortive as he couldn’t take his calls.

Additionally, efforts by DAILY POST to get a response from the Particular Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai (Media and Communication), Mr. Muyiwa Adeleke, weren’t profitable as a number of calls put by to his cell phone have been exhibiting ‘line busy’ as at time of submitting this report.

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