Last Friday, Africa’s most populous country trended for all the wrong reasons when it comes to free speech.
Nigeria, a country with a population of more than 240 million amazing people, became the talk on social media after its government took to Twitter to announce that it was suspending the operations of Twitter in the country.
The government also announced that Nigerians using Twitter after the ban was announced would be prosecuted.
According to a statement from the government, the ban had become necessary because certain groups of people are allegedly using the platform to sabotage the Nigerian state.
However, many have claimed this is the latest evidence of Nigeria slipping into tyranny with its President Muhammadu Buhari at the helm.
It is also worthy to note that the Twitter ban came just after Twitter deleted tweets from the Nigerian President for flouting its community rules.
Despite facing a coordinated government attack on their use of the internet and facing the possibility of being arrested simply for tweeting, Nigerians both at home and abroad are still using the platform to check the government.
A planned protest march on June 12, that is meant to be used to register the displeasure of young Nigerians about the issues in the country such as unemployment and insecurity, is still trending.
In defying the government, Nigerians are still using the platform to get the word out about the #June12Protest which is also now calling for the resignation of President Buhari.
Nigerians are there risking their freedom for the good of their country.
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