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June 12th Protest: Nigerians send out Over 1.4 Million Tweets Demanding a Twitter Ban Reversal

Currently trending on popular social media platforms is #June12thProtest, as Nigerians, multiple civil rights, and other activist groups hold nationwide protests to commemorate Democracy Day June 12 while demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and the reversal of a government ban on Twitter.

On Twitter alone which is banned in Nigeria, the topic has attracted over 1.4 million tweets worldwide with Nigerians who now have to use VPNs to tweet trooping out en masse to partake in the #June12thProtest, as protests rock Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja, Akure, Jos and Portharcourt in Nigeria.

As expected, there are reports of altercations with police reportedly fire tear gas at protesters at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos, one of the venues of the June 12 Democracy Day protest.


Currently trending on popular social media platforms is #June12thProtest, as Nigerians, multiple civil rights, and other activist groups hold nationwide protests to commemorate Democracy Day June 12 while demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and the reversal of a government ban on Twitter.

On Twitter alone which is banned in Nigeria, the topic has attracted over 1.4 million tweets worldwide with Nigerians who now have to use VPNs to tweet trooping out en masse to partake in the #June12thProtest, as protests rock Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja, Akure, Jos and Portharcourt in Nigeria.

As expected, there are reports of altercations with police reportedly fire tear gas at protesters at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos, one of the venues of the June 12 Democracy Day protest.

The Nigerian government said it had indefinitely suspended Twitter’s activities 6 days ago after the microblogging site removed a post from Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in which he threatened to punish regional secessionists.

“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.” read a statement from the Nigerian Government on Twitter.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government moved to suspend the social media platform due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”

To further rile up the citizens of Nigeria, the Nigerian Government swore to prosecute anyone found breaching the ban on the social media firm.

Mobile phone networks in the country blocked access to the popular microblogging site after the orders, but some users are using VPNs to get around it.

Twitter’s troubles started back on October 14, 2020, when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweeted “Donate via #Bitcoin to help #EndSARS.”

“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn“ Twitter says.



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