‘2023 Election Is Near’ — Nigerians React As FG Lifts Twitter Ban
Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the decision of the Federal Government to finally lift the ban on Twitter, seven months after suspending the activities of the micro-blogging platform in Nigeria.
Recall that FG on June 5, 2021, banned Twitter after it deleted President Buhari’s tweets threatening a war because of the ongoing insurgency in the southeast.
Seven months after, when many Nigerians had learned to access Twitter with Virtual Private Networks (VPN), the government lifted the ban.
However, many Nigerians think the government lifted the ban in preparation for the next general election.
Festus Ogun, a human rights lawyer, said the lifting of the ban was about the 2023 elections, since many have started declaring their presidential ambition.
FG lifted Twitter ban to allow APC continue with their campaign on Twitter, given that this space controls the narrative on social ting media. The lifting of Twitter ban is about the 2023 general election.
FG lifted Twitter ban to allow APC continue with their campaign on Twitter given that this space controls the narrative on social media.
The lifting on Twitter ban is about the 2023 General election.
Be mindful of your jubilation, tweeps.
— FESTUS OGUN (@mrfestusogun) January 12, 2022
Other Twitter users share the same sentiment with Ogun. We highlight some of the reactions below:
Not FG lifting the #TwitterBan 13 months to election, so they can come back and use this same social media to campaign.
Affliction shall not rise a second time.🙏🏾#KeepitOn
— QueenEsther Iroanusi (@QueenExtha) January 12, 2022
214 days after the #TwitterBan, the Nigerian Government will be back on Twitter.
Despite the ban, many Nigerians still have access to the site using VPN.
What did Nigeria gain from the ban?
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) January 12, 2022
There is nothing to celebrate about the #TwitterBan
They did it because election is here.
They need Twitter, more than any other social media network, to run ridiculous PR.
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) January 12, 2022
What #TwitterBan achieved is silencing the pro-government and creating an echo chamber in which the government no longer has dignified defenders. I’m sure the clowns who came up with the idea thought they would be hurting everyday citizens. It’s an absolutely disastrous strategy.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) January 12, 2022