Two presidential aides of President Muhammadu Buhari have reportedly sneaked into Twitter months after the app was banned by the Federal Government.
Similarly, Ahmad liked a tweet by Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Ethiopian president, on September 11. Again, on October 28, Ahmad liked a tweet from Haramain Sharifain, the official news handle of the two grand mosques in Saudi Arabia.
While these government officials may have liked the tweet outside Nigeria, there is a strong indication that they did not intend to make their use of the microblogging platform public. Until the government of Muhammadu Buhari banned Twitter on June 5, Shehu and Ahmad were prolific users of the platform, feeding their large audience updates on the activities of the federal government and defending it against critics.
Meanwhile, Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor, was under fire on Wednesday for resurfacing on Twitter despite its ban. El-Rufai, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and ardent supporter of Buhari’s government, said he could only use Twitter “for the time being” as he was outside the country.
Hadiza, el-Rufai’s wife, also tweeted on Thursday for the first time since June 6, saying she missed Twitter.
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