Nigeria: #TwitterBan - All You Need to Know About Nigerian Govt's Twitter Ban

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The government said it would have none of Twitter's actions to undermine the "corporate existence" of Nigeria and its meddling in the country's internal affairs.

In response to Twitter deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari which the social media platform deemed as inciting violence, the Nigerian government on Friday suspended Twitter's operation in Nigeria indefinitely.

The government said it would have none of Twitter's actions to undermine the "corporate existence" of Nigeria and its meddling in the country's internal affairs.

The Twitter ban is a step towards further social media regulation, according to the statement released by Nigeria's ministry of information.

This means that the long-sought social media regulation resolve of the government which had been heavily criticised was underway.

This added Nigeria to an infamous list of eight countries that have banned Twitter in recent months and analysts said it is reminiscent of Mr Buhari's years as a military dictator who wielded prosecutorial powers without checks.

Amid outrage and international pressure, the Nigerian government said the ban was "temporary."

By Saturday, telecommunication companies had complied with the order, pushing Nigerians to began to bypass the ban by using Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

Violators risk being charged to court, Attorney-General Abubakar Malami said, a threat he failed to substantiate with a clear legal footing. Lawyers also told Mr Malami his statement had no legal spine.

The international community, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland and Canada berated the ban which they said passes a poor message about Nigeria to investors and businesses.

Expectedly, the ruling APC has pulled its weight behind the federal government with members of the party at both chambers of the National Assembly keeping mute about the ban.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, one of the few governors that spoke publicly about the ban, opposed the censorship.

Press freedom groups also faulted the ban. The Nigerian Bar Association threatened to press charges, the same promise made by rights group SERAP.

The government would not budge. It accused Twitter of double standard by not deleting alleged inciteful tweets by the leader of the separatist group, IPOB.

After saying the tweets were not a violation of its rules, Twitter made a u-turn by deleting Mr Kanu's tweets.

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