Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, says the Muhammadu Buhari government lifted its Twitter ban because of the 2023 general elections.
Omokri, who was an appointee under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, said this via a series of tweets on his page.
“$750 million. In case you are wondering, that is exactly what Nigeria lost in 222 days of banning Twitter,” Omokri tweeted.
“So, if anybody is telling you that Nigeria won with the #TwitterBan, ask them to tell you what exactly Nigeria won. Nigeria lost big time!
“The claim that Twitter agreed to allow Buhari’s junta regulate Twitter users in Nigeria is as fakes as Buhari’s integrity.
“The expectation that Twitter would move from Ghana to Nigeria will never happen. Twitter did not beg. Buhari bulged because elections are here!”
Buhari banned Twitter on June 5, 2021 after the platform deleted the president’s tweets over policy violation.
The Buhari government ended the blockade this morning, after 222 days of Nigerians having to resort to virtual private networks (VPNs) to access Twitter.
The ban ended weeks after the president established two committees to engage Twitter, and made several demands which it said the tech company has now met.