Less than 12 hours after the Nigerian government announced an indefinite suspension of twitter in Nigeria, the action has been effective as the tweets by sporting organisations, athletes and sports officials are, like in the other sectors no longer accessible in the country.
As at early Saturday Saturday, June 5, 2021 morning, Twitter was no longer accessible in the country.
A statement by a Twitter spokesperson to TechCabal said:
“The announcement made by the Nigerian Government that they have suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning. We’re investigating and will provide updates when we know more.”
While Twitter does not have physical offices in Nigeria, the platform is freely available in the country and has up to 2 million users, according to some estimates.
The government’s suspension as announced by Lai Mohammed, the Minister for Information and Culture, has been interpreted as a potential directive to Internet Service Providers to cut off users’ access to the social media platform.
Many sports personalities and organisations, including Nigeria’s sports minister and the NFF used twitter as speedy tool to reach out to the public.
As at this Saturday, this will no longer be possible.