Nigeria: President Buhari Can Ban Twitter, but He Can't Silence the Creative Voices of Nigerians

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's ban on Twitter demonstrates that his government is afraid of listening to its own citizens, especially the young ones. Before Twitter, Nigerians used plays, drama, songs and other art forms, apart from a vibrant press, to express themselves in spite of government. Banning Twitter only instigates their creative genius.

The Nigerian government thinks Twitter is the greatest source of its misery. After straining at the leash for months, it couldn't resist swatting the microblogging platform with a ban last week.

But what does the ban mean, really?

It means that about 40 million users in Nigeria who are mostly young people would be unable to access the service through local service providers.

This figure is more than the total number of people who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two elections combined, over half the total number of those who voted in the general elections of 2019, and nearly three times the number who voted him back in office for his second term in the presidential poll.

The ban means Buhari's government is afraid of listening to its own citizens, especially the young ones. According to NOIPolls in November...

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