Many Nigerians React As Malami logs into Twitter using VPN to deactivate account
Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation, deactivated his Twitter account on Tuesday to show sympathy with the Federal Government, which had blocked the social media website last Friday.
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However, since all Internet Service Providers in the nation have blocked the Twitter URL, it’s unclear how Malami was able to access his account.
Malami had on Saturday threatened to prosecute Nigerians who were still using the Virtual Private Networks to access Twitter even though no Nigerian law makes it illegal to tweet.
The AGF took to his Facebook page on Tuesday, posting a photo and a caption which read, “My Twitter account deactivated’.
However, Malami’s post received over 1,100 comments about 40 minutes later with many of his Facebook followers asking him how he accessed Twitter without using VPN.
Akintunde Babatunde wrote, “How were you able to deactivate Twitter without VPN? You should be arrested.”
Shoyombo Adebisi KingDavid wrote, “Can you explain how you did that without first logging in?”
“This is evidence that you logged into Twitter today via VPN to deactivate your account which is punishable under your unlawful law. Let us see how you will prosecute others without throwing yourself in jail,” Roy Ekwueme wrote.
Another Facebook user, Kazeem Badaru, asked the AGF if Nigerians should throw a party because he had deactivated his Twitter account.
The National Broadcasting Commission had on Monday ordered all television and radio stations to deactivate their Twitter accounts.
The President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, had similarly deactivated her Twitter account.
The Federal Government had last week suspended Twitter barely two days after the social media platform deleted a Tweet by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the Biafran war which many found repugnant.
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