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The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by AishaYesufu: 3:08pm On Jun 09
It finally happened. Nigerians who are fond of the microblogging platform, Twitter, may no longer be able to do so on their devices as the federal government restricted access to its usage. According to Information and Culture Minister, Lai Muhammed, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is suspending Twitter's operation in the country indefinitely.

On why the government took that action, Lai Muhammed cited "the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence." On the surface, the decision sounds good and necessary but further interrogation will provide a picture quite contrary to the narrative being pushed by the government.

Of truth, people like Nnamdi Kanu are an anomaly to civil engagements and should have no platform to share nasty thoughts, however, making his unruly and violent rhetorics the basis for suspending Twitter in Nigeria, is exaggerating his wave of influence and unwittingly giving undue recognition to his secessionist group.

That is why it is hard to dismiss the arguments that the government's decision to suspend Twitter's operation in the country was a 'knee-jerk reaction to the social media company's removal of Buhari's controversial tweet a few days earlier. It is 'knee-jerk' in the sense that the suspension portrayed the government as hostile to moderation and would sacrifice the interest of millions for few.

As at the time that the suspension directive was made, more than 40 million Twitter accounts are linked to Nigerians. Of those figures, a huge number of young persons are engaged by corporate organisations and other categories of the society for brand promotion and communication. But they may no longer have a job and join the growing list of unemployed Nigerians with the restrictions placed on Twitter.

The story may not be different for a large number of Nigerians who use Twitter to connect with customers for their products and services. It is just a mess and anyone observant enough to know how Nigeria got to the terrible state of insecurity and restiveness, would get worried at the possibility of any young Nigerian losing means of livelihood.

Having 33.3% of the population unengaged is a nightmare already, and it will be a poor attempt on the part of this government to run away from her responsibility and heap the blame of the distressing situation of the country on social media or zero it on Twitter. A government desirous of solution will not take steps that would rid young people of their various means of survival.

On a day-to-day basis, millions of Nigerians access Twitter for information and also to exchange thoughts on the state of affairs of the country. That is a fundamental right the Constitution guarantees them but the suspension of that platform takes that away from them. That was undemocratic to a lot of Nigerians, however, worse is the message it sent to the outside world, especially investors.

This was reflective in the reaction of the US Mission in Nigeria to the suspension of Twitter. Aside from recognising that the action "undermines" Nigerians ability to exercise their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, it added that the restriction "sends a poor message to its citizens (Nigerians), investors and businesses."

If the statistics of Netblocks.org, a mapping internet freedom platform, is anything to go by, the implication of Twitter restriction may have cost the country's economy N2.1billion in just 24 hours. But more worrying is the impression it could weigh on foreign investors, which may bear on foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. That would not be good for our fragile economy still battling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter is one platform that helped Nigerians connect, and most times serves as an emergency hotline for a lot of Nigerians. Whether to provide feedback to the government or seek intervention, Twitter is a platform that serves Nigerians a lot. In May when Iniobong Umoren who had honoured a job interview got missing, Twitter was used to call attention and eventually, find her killer.

So, it does a lot for the over 40 million users in the country, and it will be selfish to ignore them just to get at Twitter for removing Buhari's tweet that he should never have written in the first place. The cost of suspending Twitter is huge and hopefully, Buhari and his team will have a rethink and lift the restriction on the social media giant app.

https://leaders.ng/nigeria-the-cost-of-suspending-twitter-by-oke-umurhohwo/

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Ekez(m): 3:10pm On Jun 09
I no get time to read all this write up

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by James4358(m): 3:15pm On Jun 09
The truth is... Buhari is a terrorist! & lie mohammed should get his head examined.

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by IamPlato(m): 4:54pm On Jun 09
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Abeg make una shut the fvck up about this stupid twitter issue...


Buhari has done and is still doing worse and you all are busy sucking on twitter's dick, are you people insane or what..


The best thing is to share Nigeria into Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria...


You are here fooling around on twitter and you failed to notice that Malians and people from Niger republic are busy building their houses here all over Lagos and using green roofs to roof their houses or sometimes black... you think it's a coincidence? It's called MARKING, it's for a future purpose, when Muslims are ready to do their deeds here they will know the houses to touch or not to touch... I oberseved this some years back and today where I live in badagry they are constantly buying lands and fvcking and populating Nigeria with their off springs, this is not a joke.


Fulani herdsmen are from these same region, clearly these people are wiser than Nigerians because they have plans far ahead of you all, you can't see this because you are busy masturbating to irrelevance, if twitter got banned then move on...


This country is about to see worst shit because you all have slacked, you are way too blind...


If we do not fight Buhari, he will use irrelevance to shift your minds from the real deal and he is already succeeding, better wake up from this foolishness before your corpse will lie on the road side with a machete cut to your head...

Be wise Nigerian youths, save your country from death first before any other thing...

The Yorubas and Igbos should throw their stupid pride away and come together and have a Southern Nigeria that can grow together... Look at all the investment of the igbos in the western region like Lagos, don't make a foolish mistake together, a united fight is what we need not confused fighting...

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by meritadavize1(m): 4:54pm On Jun 09
Lie
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by FalseProphet1(m): 4:54pm On Jun 09
I see USA and the European Union placing visa ban on our leaders, I see lie Mohammed and Buhari suffering from Jedi Jedi, I see them unable to fly to UK and German for treatment because of the visa ban, I see the unspeakable happening to them.

This I have seen.

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by ictjobber: 4:54pm On Jun 09
Okay
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by nijaomegacode(m): 4:54pm On Jun 09
He could suspend Twitter but could not suspend killing going on in the state. Why is it easy for this government to do evil than good.
If you're still praying for Nigeria, you're a fool!
Take up you arms and get ready for war!
Kill fulanis before they kill you all!

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by NwaNimo1(m): 4:54pm On Jun 09
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by KossyKiss97(f): 4:55pm On Jun 09
There are so many of them


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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Badsatan: 4:55pm On Jun 09
Ipob miscreants are in pains!!

The pains Ipob miscreants felt from this ban is toomuch.

Thank God for PMB!

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by BenitoKamaLee: 4:56pm On Jun 09
Summary pls
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by bigdammyj: 4:56pm On Jun 09
Noted
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Officialgarri: 4:56pm On Jun 09
2.1 billion in a pace of 3 days, yet our budget is still less than 10 trillion....

Nonsense propaganda. Twitter can go to hell.

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Youngkhaleepha3(m): 4:56pm On Jun 09
The worst has been done!
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Frontail: 4:57pm On Jun 09
grin

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Iamvetlander(m): 4:57pm On Jun 09
Mood

Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by stalyf(m): 4:58pm On Jun 09
KossyKiss97:
There are so many of them

Very many tbh
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by inoki247: 4:58pm On Jun 09
ok
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by stalyf(m): 4:59pm On Jun 09
Officialgarri:
2.1 billion in a pace of 3 days, yet our budget is still less than 10 trillion....

Nonsense propaganda. Twitter can go to hell.

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by kponkedenge(m): 5:00pm On Jun 09
I've always wondered.... If Nigeria breaks up, who will pay the debt the country owes?

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by ThumbzTNA(m): 5:01pm On Jun 09
This Oke and his useless posts. Wasting Rivers state money buying space on Nairaland to post nonsense
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by babyfaceafrica: 5:02pm On Jun 09
Super story... Before twitter we survived, after twitter, we will still survive, abeg make we hear word

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Lixusheng(m): 5:02pm On Jun 09
FalseProphet1:
I see USA and the European Union placing visa ban on our leaders, I see lie Mohammed and Buhari suffering from Jedi Jedi, I see them unable to fly to UK and German for treatment because of the visa ban, I see the unspeakable happening to them.

This I have seen.
Nonsense...

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by auduadeniyi(m): 5:02pm On Jun 09
I don't buy time to read this trash twitter would have use their no 9

twitter suppose to be neutral instead of playing polities with their business

Now General has put sand inside the gari every body is shouting hallelujah
Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by Mikecold: 5:02pm On Jun 09
Buhari is a Terrorist

Wasting Southerners money to make Southerners stay backward like northerners

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Re: The Cost Of Suspending Twitter By Oke Umurhohwo by fatymore(f): 5:04pm On Jun 09
grin

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