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Early Saturday checks by NewsWireNGR reveals that, Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has deactivated her account on Twitter. She announced a few seconds before midnight that she would deactivate her account.
“I will be deactivating my Twitter account for now. Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria,” she tweeted at 11:59pm on Friday.
Her post was tweeted shortly after the federal government made the announcement to ban the microblogging site from Nigeria Friday via the verified Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, @FMICNigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who announced the suspension in a statement, cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
The statement also noted that the federal government had directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all over-the-top media service and social media operations in Nigeria.
The announcement came days after Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet, in which he made a reference to Nigeria’s civil war of 1967 and its implications – Buhari had, in a series of tweets on Tuesday via his verified Twitter handle, @Mbuhari, stated, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the field for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”