The ban on the operations of the micro-blogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria by its government seems to have started yielding results, nearly 24 hours after the prescription became effective.
The Nigerian government announced a ban on the activities of Twitter on Friday, two days after it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet, warning insurrectionists against fomenting crisis in Nigeria.
Afterwards, the government had also accused Twitter of supporting the activities of anti-government agents.
But in less than 24 hours after its ban, Twitter has deleted such ‘inciting’ tweets from Nnamdi Kanu, leader of a separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), agitating for the Republic of Biafra.
Can’t, had, in the controversial tweet, vowed to unleash terror on Nigerian soldiers deployed to the South-East, using derogatory words to describe some Nigerian overnment officials.
He had tweeted: “It’s not for the living to respond to the dead but given the lack of reasoning prevalent in the #Zoo Nigeria, I wish to assure @GarShehu (Garba Shehu) , the Jihadi midget @elrufai (Nasir El-Rufai) & that Fulani lapdog Femi Adesina that any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive.”
In his tweet released on Wednesday via his Twitter handle, Kanu, had mocked to Messrs Adesina and Shehu, both presidential aides and Mr Rafiu el-Rufai, who is the current Governor of Kaduna State, and a top member of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Party (APC).
However, the tweet posted before the President Buhari’s tweet deleted by Twitter, had been also been deleted on Saturday with the social media platform saying it violates its rules.
The violation of Twitter rule by Kanu was only attended to a day after the Nigeria’s government suspended the activities of Twitter in Nigeria accusing it of undermining the country’s corporate existence.
Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, announcing the ban on Friday, had ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing social media platforms in Nigeria.
The ban which has since been effected by telecommunication firms has caused Nigerians to be denied access to the microblogging platform and many could only access it by bypass ng domain restrictions through alternative mediums.