Nigeria Loses N499.32bn As Twitter Ban Hits 200 Days

The Nigerian economy has lost N499.32bn since the shutdown of microblogging platform, Twitter on 4th June 2021.

Recall, the Federal Government on 4th June, announced the suspension of Twitter after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.

On 5th June, Telecommunication companies blocked access to Twitter after receiving a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission to that effect.

According to the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, Nigeria’s economy loses N104.02m ($250,600) every hour to the ban on Twitter. It has been 4,800 hours (200 days) since the social networking site was blocked.

While giving his Independence Day speech, Buhari hinted that the ban would continue until Twitter registered in Nigeria, had a physical presence, and representation.

Recently, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said Twitter had agreed to the nation’s conditions for the suspension to be lifted.

Keyamo, who is also a member of the committee set up to engage Twitter over its suspension, said, “The reason why the President took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country.

“That recalibration, we have started it and the president graciously added me to the committee.”

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