Nigerians who wish to access Twitter following the suspension of the social media platform’s operations in the country can alternatively use Virtual Private Networks.
A virtual private network extends a private network across a public network. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.
The Nigerian government had, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of Twitter on Friday.
This was after the micro-blogging site deleted “genocidal” tweets from the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on the Biafran War of 1967-1970, wherein many lives were lost.
The announcement was contained in a statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Culture which cited the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” as the reason.
The Nigerian government then directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
A check by SaharaReporters in the early hours of Saturday showed that the platform is no more active within Nigeria.
Here is an explainer on how you can bypass the government’s suspension of Twitter using VPN.
VPN is a connection that allows users to establish a protected network connection when using public networks.
It is essential in helping users to protect their internet traffic and keep their identities private online.
By connecting to a secured VPN server, for instance, your internet traffic goes through an encrypted tunnel that nobody can see into, including hackers, governments, and your internet service provider.
One of the benefits of using a VPN is that it changes your IP address. This implies that with a new IP address — which can be that of any country of your choice — you can use Twitter as if you’re in your selected country without restriction.
Follow this procedure it worked for me
Download windscribe vpn from your smart phone andriod or apple.
Choose any country of your choice (not Nigeria)
You will see sign up with some amount of money. Just beneath it, you will see sign up free.
Click the sign up free and register with your name and email. Comfirm the email from your inbox. Close the vpn and open again …… boom weldone.
Twitter Ban: US, UK, EU, Others Are Hypocrites – Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has slammed the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and other countries that criticised the suspension of social media giant, Twitter.
Mohammed, who described the foreign countries as hypocrites, said their views were purely based on economic reasons and not because they loved Nigeria.
The minister said this on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Friday.
Mohammed said both the EU and the UK were already working on social media regulations and wondered why Nigeria was being accused of stifling free speech.
He added, “The EU has recommended the same thing and Britain only on Wednesday spoke about a law that would regulate the social media. This is why I say they are being hypocritical. Like I said, I don’t like commenting on issues that have to do with relations with Nigeria and other countries but clearly speaking, they are being less than honest.”
Mohammed said the Federal Government had constantly reached out to Twitter to bring down divisive comments like those of separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was fond of calling Nigeria a zoo.
He asked Nigerians not to be deceived by foreign missions condemning the suspension of Twitter.
Mohammed added, “We have seen so many foreign missions come up to condemn the action of Nigeria. Nigerians, please, make a distinction between countries that are trying to protect their economic and commercial interests from those countries that genuinely love you and talking about freedom of speech and don’t forget for one minute that it is because there is a country called Nigeria that there is freedom of speech.”
The minister maintained that the Federal Government did not suspend Twitter because it deleted a tweet by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), which many found repugnant.
On the issue of Nigerians losing money to the Twitter suspension, Mohammed downplayed the complaints, saying that the Nigerian government was not generating any money in tax from the social media platform.
He said Nigerians must note that it is only when there is peace that business can take place.
Respect Your Citizens Rights – Reverse Twitter Ban US Gov Warns Buhari Again
When we talk people say we are talking again. You do not mess around with US businesses , they have powerful lobby groups and can sink your administration. Who is India ?
Sanctions are coming soon, Pompeo former CIA Director has made his statement about Buharis deception ; people now understand this regime and they are watching.
The United States government on Thursday kicked against last Friday’s decision of the Federal Government to suspend operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria.
It also expressed concerns over threats of arrest and prosecution of violators issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
The US government’s position was contained in a press statement by the spokesperson of the US Department of State, Ned Price.
It advised the Federal Government to respect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression by reversing the suspension.
The statement read, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter.
The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.
“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.
“Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.
“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”
Most Used Social Media Platforms In Nigeria – Top 12
MOST-USED SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS IN NIGERIA – Top 12
5 FB Messenger
NIGERIANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
As at Jan 2021, Nigeria had 33 million active social media users.
Social media users make up 15.8% of Nigeria’s population.
99.2% of social media users access them via mobile.
NIGERIA: SOCIAL MEDIA POTENTIAL ADVERT AUDIENCE
1 Youtube: 30.8 million
2 Facebook: 29 million
3 Instagram: 8.4 million
4 FB Messenger: 4 million
5 LinkedIn: 5.7 million
6 Snapchat: 6.65 million
7 Twitter: 3.5 million
MOST USED SOCIAL PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE – APRIL 2021
1 Facebook: 2.8b
2 YouTube: 2.29b
3 WhatsApp: 2bn
4 FB Messenger: 1.3b
5 Instagram: 1.29b
6 Weixin/Wechat: 1.23b
7 Tiktok: 732m
8 Douyin: 600m
9 Qq: 595m
10 Telegram: 550m
11 Snapchat: 528m
*16 Twitter: 396m*
NIGERIAN GOVTS’ TOP HANDLES ON TWITTER & FOLLOWERS
NAIRALAND VISITORS – last 9 months
Sep 2020: 33.09 million
Oct 2020: 34.67 million
Nov 2020: 29.78 million
Dec 2020: 28.41 million
Jan 2021: 29.45 million
Feb 2021: 25.99 million
Mar 2021: 27 million
Apr 2021: 26.79 million
May 2021: 29.17 million
NAIRALAND TRAFFIC STATISTICS
_Number of Unique Visitors_
Jan 2021: 4.84 million
Feb 2021: 4.29 million
Mar 2021: 4.49 million
Apr 2021: 4.31 million
May 2021: 4.33 million
MEMBERS: 2.69 million
TOPICS: 6.33 million
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