The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, on Wednesday tweeted on his official Twitter account despite the ban on the microblogging platform in Nigeria.
The governor was instantly chastised by Nigerian Twitter users for flouting the federal government order and accessing Twitter using a VPN.
In his defence, el-Rufai said he was not in the country at present. He stated this in reply to a comment “VPN? YES?”.
“VPN? Nope……outside Nigeria for a couple of days, so can tweet for the time being,” el-Rufai said.
However, two of the governor’s tweets generated lots of reactions.
A Twitter user, @dmightyang, posted; “I really wish we will get more @elrufai in politics. The man left FCT and till date, the Federal Capital Territory has not been able to have another FCT minister that’s close to the shoe latchet of Elrufai in terms of courage, administration, performance & focus. 14 years ago o”.
The governor in his response typed: “This is an exaggerated compliment @dmightyangel but thank you for some of the words of encouragement. God Bless our nation”.
Below are some reactions to the tweet:
Meanwhile, the Kaduna governor’s page was stormed when he tweeted to counter a claim by 23-year-old activist, Rinu Oduala, popularly known as Savvy Rinu.
Rinu had tweeted a response to the governor’s tweet noting he was only able to tweet outside Nigeria.
According to her in the tweet, “The only place you get freedom of speech is outside Nigeria”.
In his response, el-Rufai quoted the tweet and replied; “Wrong @SavvyRinu! Conflating Twitter with “freedom of speech” is a significant exaggeration. Freedoms of many descriptions existed before and without Twitter, and will remain long after!! Enjoy your day.”
See Twitter users reactions below: