Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide, said Thursday that the Federal Government’s decision to lift the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria was a direct result of the upcoming 2023 general elections.
As Omokri, a Jonathan appointee, claimed in a series of tweets on his page, Nigeria suffered a $750 million loss due to the Twitter ban.
He tweeted, “$750 million. In case you are wondering, that is exactly what Nigeria lost in 222 days of banning Twitter.
“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!”
On June 5, 2021, the Federal Government halted all Twitter activity in the country, which was 222 days ago.
As a result, the President established a seven-person Presidential Committee to work with Twitter, as well as a 20-person technical committee that included representatives from all relevant government agencies.
An official announcement made on Wednesday indicated, however, that the suspension had been lifted.
According to the statement, the Federal Government asked Twitter to meet up with some conditions before the removal of the ban, and the social media company has agreed to the conditions, with the execution of the agreement starting this week.