In what appears as a sign of solidarity with the suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria, First Lady Aisha Buhari has deactivated her Twitter account.
The action taken by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is coming barely 24 hours after the Nigerian government announced the indefinite suspension of the microblogging site.
“I will be deactivating my Twitter account for now.” Aisha Buhari tweeted.
Earlier, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture announced the suspension of Twitter’s operation via a statement posted on Twitter by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
The suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria comes a few days after the microblogging site deleted a post by made President Buhari via his official Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria has generated different reactions from Nigerians, majorly those who considered the action to suppress the right of the citizens to express their views.
Reacting, the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde had advised the federal government to rescind suspending Twitter’s operation in Nigeria.
According to Makinde, leaders should go beyond emotional reactions to issues and think about how their actions will affect Nigerians socially and economically.
The governor described Twitter as a platform for young people and all Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to express and publish an opinion.
He noted that Nigerians use Twitter to express themselves and give feedback to the government to improve their policies.
However, Makinde appealed to the Federal Government to reverse the suspension of Twitter’s operation for the good of Nigerians.