The Africa’s giant; Nigeria has been hit with a heavy but not a shocking ban of Twitter by its government. Is that a prioritized policy to build a nation in serious unstable economic condition?
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Nigeria couldn’t have been the first to ban big tech platforms like Twitter but the first in Africa. China has banned WhatsApp, Facebook and most popular social media platforms in their ever growing economy. Here we are in Nigeria with more pressing issues like long troubled unstable power supply, police brutality, rampant kidnapping, rising rate of corruption and vigorous fall of the Naira to the dollar. Here we are in Nigeria were there are a lot of unemployed graduates who have ventured into digital marketing to promote brands via popular social media platforms like Twitter at a fee to earn a living. Digital marketing has employed over 60% of the youth in Africa countries today. Most agencies like Hyperlink Africa, 69 Entertainment in Nigeria, Terazone New Media in Kenya or Hypenet Agency from Ghana have promoted top brands through these social media platforms effectively. Why then should a government who is not providing basic needs close down the source of employment for its own people?
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The Nigerian government has been brought to book by the voice of the people. Gone were the days we needed to wait to meet the leaders in power to tell them our worries. Over the past decade, the technological revolution has given the power to the people. The voice of the people has been loud through the use of social media tools. Twitter in Nigeria surged with highest numbers of contribution on a topic #EndSars in October, 2020. The youth and the people of Nigeria spoke about the rude treatment the police is taking the youth through. The End SARS protest gathered momentum from Twitter as a conversation against inhumane physical police assaults the youth in Nigeria as they suspect they engage in criminal activities with no proof. This escalated to a worldwide discussion and rise in major forms. About 99 and more people lost thier lives in this incidence. The 20th October, 2020 Lekki toll gate shootings of innocent Nigerians would forever remain in the minds of the people. ‘Instead of Nigeria Government fixing the problem in Nigeria, they dragged Jack Dorsey; Owner of Twitter to court for supporting a staged protest in Nigeria. At this point, I know leaders are not born in Africa! ‘ – Bright Tenbil
After a long while, these ‘soo called’ leaders in Nigeria have not caused any action against the irresponsible actions of the police force but rather banning Twitter in the country. They have even gone as far as checking and arresting people using Twitter with remote vpn in Nigeria. This is absolutely loss of humanity and sense of serving the purpose of governance. This is oppression of the freedom of the people. Statement from the US government, Canada, EU, UN Amnesty international and various international bodies completely disagree with the Nigerian government oppressive decision.
In few days, Nigerians are planning on a June 12 physical protest against president Muhammadu Buhari on the hashtag #BuhariMustGo. Africa rise up!