Tweeps prepare to utilize VPNs as the Federal Government of Nigeria suspends Twitter in Nigeria.
Following the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria, Nigerian tweeps have stated that they will use Virtual Private Networks to gain access to the social media website.
The ban was announced on Friday by the Federal Government’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. This came after Twitter erased posts by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), about the 1967-1970 Biafran War, in which many lives were lost.
SERAP has threatened to sue FG over the suspension of its Twitter account.
The news was made in a statement given by the Ministry of Information and Culture, and it highlighted the “consistent use of the platform for actions capable of damaging Nigeria’s corporate life.” The Federal Government then authorized the National Broadcasting Commission to begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media businesses in Nigeria as soon as possible.
The ban appears to have yet to take effect, since Nigerians are on Twitter at the time of reporting this article, voicing their discontent with the Federal Government’s decision and offering alternate ways to continue using the platform. “FG have suspended Twitter in Nigeria, Please suggest some free VPNs you know jare, let’s help ourselves,” stated one @itzbasito. (sic) Formalized paraphrase @UPGodwin provided a “list of VPNs to download while the Federal Government Suspends Twitter in Nigeria” on Twitter. 1. The Windscribe 2. VPN in the United States 3. Nord and 4. PIA IPVanish is number five.”