El-Rufai defies Buhari’s Twitter ban

Kaduna governor Nasir el-Rufai dared the Muhammadu Buhari government when he tweeted despite an existing ban against the use of Twitter in Nigeria.

Attorney-general Abubakar Malami had directed government agencies to “swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the federal government de-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria”.

Though mobile operators blocked their customers in the country from using Twitter, many Nigerians have switched to the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass the blockage.

El-Rufai seemed to have joined the list of Nigerians using VPNs on Sunday as he tweeted a story link at exactly 09:37pm. “Based Nigeria: African country teaches US lesson in how to handle Big Tech tyranny,” the post read.

His tweet attracted knocks from some Nigerians including ex-presidential aide Reno Omokri who called on Malami to prosecute El-Rufai for flouting the Twitter ban.

That may not happen anytime as the governor enjoys immunity from prosecution as part of the benefits of his office.


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