– Many Nigerian government officials have complied with the temporary ban on Twitter which was imposed by the federal government
– Some citizens have accused the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar of violating the order prohibiting Nigerians from accessing the site
– The Nigerian government has since come under fire for what many termed as a restriction of the right of expression
FCT, Abuja – The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has disclosed that he has deactivated his Twitter account.
The minister made the disclosure on Tuesday, June 8, via a post on Facebook. Malami also shared a photo of his deactivated account.
However, several Nigerians who reacted to the post accused the AGF of breaking the order suspending the use of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
The social media users alleged that Malami must have used a VPN to bypass the ban to enable him to log into Twitter to deactivate the account.
Others criticised him for supporting the ban on the microblogging site.
Read some reactions below:
Roy Ekwueme said:
”This is evidence that you logged in Twitter today via VPN to deactivate your account which is punishable under your unlawful law. Let’s see how you will prosecute others without throwing yourself in jail.”
Idoko Isaac Junior said:
”Why deactivate? Just delete it. That’s all. Deactivation means you want to come back later when the storm is over. Just delete in solidarity to yourself as the PRESIDENCY.”
Sarah OluGod said:
”At least you logged in to deactivate it.. With VPN right? A country where justice works should start the prosecution from you.’
Mala Kachalla Dsk said:
Me too I want to deactivate, but I can’t log in. Please show me the way? Should I use VPN?”
SERAP sues President Buhari over Twitter ban
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday, June 8, dragged to a court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the recent ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The lawsuit which described the federal government’s decision as illegal was filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 177 Nigerians represented by a renowned human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, PM News reported.
The plaintiffs are seeking an order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria.