The federal government of Nigeria has suspended the operations of tech giant, Twitter.
This was announced in a statement, ironically, on twitter on Friday.
The suspension comes just days after President Buhari’s post was removed from the platform.
Through its twitter account, the Fed. Gov. of Nigeria cited ‘ persistent use of the platform to undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence.’
The minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Mohammed directed the licencing of social media platforms.
The move has been criticized as repressing freedom of expression.
Furthermore, Twitter was instrumental in calling for an end to police brutality in Nigeria during the #EndSARS protest.
The masses accused SARS, the special anti robbery squad of extra judicial killings.
The protest attracted international attention and support that led to the disbandment of the police unit.
This latest move come in the wake of recent similar move by Tanzania government to block Twitter.
In the recently concluded general elections, the late president Magufuli directed the block of the tech giant amidst reports of election fraud.
Tanzania had since restored the operations of Twitter in most of its regions while some still struggle to access the service.
Nigerians, like Tanzanians will now be forced to use secure networks or VPNs to tweet.
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