- Aisha Buhari has taken a break from Twitter following the Nigerian government’s announcement that it is suspending the activities of the microblogging platform
- Many Nigerians have express dissatisfaction with the ban on the social media company, highlighting the benefits of the microblogging site
- An official at the microblogging site has issued an official statement in response to the federal government’s ban
Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, has reacted to the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.
Aisha Buhari announced on Friday evening, June 4, that she will be deactivating her Twitter account.
She made the announcement via a tweet that has now been deleted. However, shortly before she deactivated the account, First Lady showed her support for the unity of the country by saying long-life Nigeria.
Aisha Buhari said:
''I will be deactivating my Twitter account for now. Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.''
Meanwhile, the microblogging site, Twitter, has reacted to the federal government’s decision to suspend its operations in Nigeria.
Sarah Hart, Twitter’s senior policy communications manager for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, told The Cable that the company is investigating the development.
In an email response, she described the company's suspension in Nigeria as deeply concerning.
In a related report, following the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigerian, the federal government has explained the reasons why the operations of the microblogging site were put on hold.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday, June 4, in Abuja suggested that Twitter was suspended in the interest of Nigeria.
He accused the social media site of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence.
The ban on Twitter in Nigeria comes just days after the federal government criticised the social media giant for deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that warned of strong actions against secessionists.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, June 2, accused the microblogging site of bias on issues concerning Nigeria’s domestic affairs.
He said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled, The Punch reported. Mohammed argued that the president has the right to express his idea on the current security challenges in the country.