Millions of Nigerians have opted for the use of Virtual Private Networks, VPNs, to circumvent the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, as announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, .
The Minister based the suspension of Twitter in the country, on the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Many Nigerians expressed dissatisfaction with the development, highlighting the benefits of the microblogging site.
Below are some reactions:
“You can be on Twitter if u want using VPN, and government cannot do anything to stop u. But with the #TwitterBanInNigeria that means no government official handle will pass any info to us, and to a large extent, even personal handles of those in government should not be active. This is their loss.”
— Peacock (@dawisu) June 4, 2021.
“Some of the nuisance who defend everything President Buhari does will have to download VPN to use Twitter to continue defending him. victims defending their oppressors.”
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé, FHEA (@OgbeniDipo) June 4, 2021.
“Download WindScribe VPN and you are fine.”
— Your Daddy (@ToyosiGodwin) June 4, 2021.
“The FG may suspend the Constitution. So be ready to hit the streets. It is a full-blown dictatorship.
Now that Lai Mohammed’s Federal Government has directed the NBC to block access to Twitter in Nigeria, I will show you steps how you can download a “VPN”, and bypass #TwitterBan.”
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) June 4, 2021.
“When Twitter has been banned, will those defending the ban be doing it on Twitter with VPN too? That would be so foolish.”
— YourFavLawyer (@jagganiyu) June 4, 2021.
“Here step by step guide to get, install, and use VPN on your phone in the matter that Nigeria FG is blocking @Twitter operations in Nigeria #VPN #TwitterSuspendBuharisAccount #June12Protest Enough is Enough pic.”
— ÁLỤSÍ AGỤSÍ (@chris_makchris) June 4, 2021.
“Does Lai Mohammed know that there is a little something called VPN that Nigerians can use to circumvent the Federal Government’s so-called ban on Twitter in Nigeria? These ignorant, prehistoric creatures in government never cease to amaze with their insufferable boneheadedness.”
— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) June 4, 2021.
“Download “Windscribe VPN” on App store, make your profile, password, and then choose a location. You will see a paid service right above the free service. Click on the free one and confirm using mail address. Happy tweeting from Dallas, USA. President Joe sends his regards.”
— Lidocaine (@trending_medic) June 4, 2021