Tuesday, January 25, 2022

President Buhari’s Aides, Garba Shehu And Bashir Ahmad Caught Using Twitter Despite Ban

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Two presidential aides of President Muhammadu Buhari have reportedly sneaked into Twitter months after the app was banned by the Federal Government.

Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President were caught using Twitter in disobedience to Buhari’s ban.
Shehu liked a tweet by Defense News Nigeria praising the prowess of the Nigerian Army on September 5, exactly three months after the ban.Buhari and Garba
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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.
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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.
The Nigerian government banned Twitter after the platform deleted tweets by the Nigerian president threatening the southeast with a possible repeat of the 1967 civil war over attacks by rebels.
The Nigerian government said although the deletion of Buhari’s tweets factored into its decision, it was ultimately based on the spread of fake news on the platform and a litany of other problems which threatened Nigeria’s corporate existence.

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