Twitter ban will have drastic implications on Nigeria’s economy

In retaliation for Twitter deleting President Buhari’s tweet for violating its “abusive behaviour” policy, the federal government suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria indefinitely on the premise that the platform is persistently used for activities that are “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. It is worth noting that Twitter is where Nigeria’s most vibrant tech developers, freelancers, vocal activists, journalists and intellectuals are domiciled.

Through the channel, they market their skills, engage in business transactions, draw leaders’ attention, grill politicians, and demand accountability. The suspension is suspect; it is targeted at criminalising the critics of public office holders not living up to expectations. Soon, the ban, an infringement on freedom of expression, would extend to other social media platforms….

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