Reactions have continued to flood social media platforms hours after the federal government announced the ban on operations of Twitter, a microblogging platform in the country, days after the platform deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet and video for violation of its rules.
Buhari, who was reacting to the insecurity challenges that have plague the country in the past few years, had taken it to Twitter to warn those destroying government properties, attacking and killing security personnel especially in the Southeast, to be weary of or be treated in a “language they understand.”
As a matter of fact, many Nigerians did not take it kindly with the President’s statement, especially when he made mention of his experience during the Nigerian-Biafra war of 1967 to 1971. According to him, those who are promoting crime and insurrections in the country are too young to understand what they pass through in that 30 months of war.
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However, after careful analysis, I discovered that the President did not threaten war against the people of the Southeast as it was misinterpreted by people in some quarters. It is true that there is unrest in the region, where unknown gunmen, clashes between the federal troops, police, and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) occurs almost every now and then.
Following the President’s warning through his tweet, there were commendation from Nigerians for the official handle of President Buhari to be suspended indefinitely by Twitter. In response to the development, Twitter had on Wednesday deleted the tweet as well as the video. But the account remains active on the platform until today Friday, that the Nigerian government has decided to suspend the Operations of Twitter indefinitely.
However, before the suspension was announced, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had earlier said that the activity of Twitter in the country was suspicious. In a statement released by the Ministry of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed through the spokesman, Segun Adeyemi gave the National Broadcasting Corporation an immediate order to suspend Twitter indefinitely.
This action has widely been condemned by Nigerians and foreigners who see this move as a way of setback for the regular users of the platform to source for information and interact with others in different parts of the world. Among those who have reacted to this development, is one of the most talented female singer in America, Enisa Nikaj popularly known as Enisa. She is a Brooklyn-based pop singer, model and songwriter who became known for performing cover songs to artists such as Adele, Hozier and others.
Enisa, who has gained the admiration of many Nigerians on social media (Twitter), took it to her verified handle to react over the federal government suspension of Twitter operations in the country. According to her, Nigeria is a good country with a lot of talented young people, but she seemed not to understand why the government has decided to take such an action against users of the bird App.
She, however, sympathise with Nigerians saying that she knows how a lot of people would feel at this moment and that she too, feels bad about the development.
In her words, she was quoted as saying “I don’t understand this country, Nigeria is filled with good & talented people. Why are they doing this to you all? I don’t live there, so I don’t know, but I have been seeing you guys really go through it over there, I truly feel bad…”