Nigeria:Much Ado About The Twitter Ban!

In 2020, India banned over 60 Chinese apps including tiktok yet its citizens never came for the government’s neck. We are a sovereign nation, we should not be ruled by foreign business entities.

Twitter is not food, Nigerians should thank the government instead, because these are imported apps used to indirectly undermine our independence, subvert our sovereignty, milk our earnings and make us overdependant as well as enslave us.

Twitter as a business entity should know better than to bite the hand that feeds it… They need you more than you need them and yet they are so brazen and flagrant about the affairs of those who kept them in business. Any Nigerian that is so willing to participate in modern day slavery can relocate elsewhere.

This is just the beginning, next we will severe our Naira from the evil umbilical cord of foreign currencies, by banning importation of all luxury items, especially from the US. This is show of power, a test of sovereignty and you should be ashamed for dragging your government over this.

And don’t give me the crap about “I use twitter for my business” because it is twitter that use you and your business for their business. there’re 99 other ways to advertise your business.

Some of you cannot even breathe successfully without tweeting, your addiction will either kill you or you kill it. It is time to face the music. Other social medium will take a cue from this incident and learn to respect one of the largest social media market in the world.

I know you may want to argue that Donald Trump never sanctioned Twitter when he had issues with them. Yes! because he couldn’t afford to, he couldn’t because twitter adds to the GDP of US, whereas it adds zilch to our GDP.

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India as mentioned above was once upon a time, one of the largest consumer of tiktok before their government ban it totally since 2020.

This will serve as warning to other entities who have reposed allodial powers upon themselves, who have become the jury as well as the judge. America need Nigeria more than we need them. We’ll cut them off like a cancer if the need arise, drastic situation calls for drastic measures.

Who is bleeding now… who is the boss? you deleted his post without fair hearing, he banned your money milking, money draining, secret leaking spy venture without a second thought.

I have never been more proud of my President. I am deactivating my twitter account henceforth solidarity to my President, suspension or not. Let’s bleed and shrink their robust account balance to size.

Contrary to popular belief, including myself as a layman in telecommunication I must add. Twitter server does not have to be domiciled in Nigeria before the country can have the power to suspend its operation within its border. All that is needed is to nullify the app on all spectrums. Facebook server was not domiciled in China, but one cannot access Facebook therein.

Considering the size of twitter as one of the juggernauts in the world today, one might be inclined to ask: Was the action of the Nigerian government illegal?

The Answer is an outright, No! This move was carried out by the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) who received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter,”

ALTON having conducted a robust assessment of the request in accordance with internationally accepted principles and based on national interest provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 , and within the licence terms under which the industry operates; acted in compliance with the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) the industry regulator.⁣

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This is not a one off occurrence in the world as countries like; Egypt, China, Turkey and Turkmenistan have officially blocked Twitter before us.

See Federal Government’s Reason:

PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON TWITTER SUSPENSION IN NIGERIA

The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post. There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real world violent consequences. All the while, the company has escaped accountability.

Nevertheless, the removal of President Buhari’s tweet was disappointing. The censoring seemed based on a misunderstanding of the challenges Nigeria faces today.

The President in his address at the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA in 2019 said “the world was shocked and startled by the massacre in New Zealand by a lone gunman taking the lives of 50 worshippers.”

This and similar crimes which have been fueled by social media networks risk seeping into the fabric of an emerging digital culture.

Major tech companies must be alive to their responsibilities. They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to loss of many lives. This could tear some countries apart.

President Buhari has therefore been warning against social media’s disruptive and divisive influences and the government’s action is not a knee-jerk reaction to Twitter’s preposterous deletion of his tweet which should have been read in full.

The tweet was not a threat, but a statement of fact.

A terrorist organisation (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the safety and security of Nigerian citizens.

When the President said that they will be treated “in a language they understand,” he merely reiterated that their force shall be met with force. It is a basic principle of security services response world over.

This is not promotion of hate, but a pledge to uphold citizens’ right to freedom from harm. The government cannot be expected to capitulate to terrorists.

IPOB is proscribed under Nigerian law. Its members murder innocent Nigerians. They kill policemen and set government property on fire. Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.

Twitter does not seem to appreciate the national trauma of our country’s civil war. This government shall not allow a recurrence of that tragedy.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 5, 2021

You see, Twitter app was “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of Nigeria, its defence, security of state and public order.”

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Dear Twitterzens, remember where lies your allegiance. You are a Nigerian first before anything…. be loyal, be proud and be patriotic.
#istandwithFGN.
S.U Garba, Esq. 

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