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12.11.2021 news Garba Shehu, Bashir Ahmad Caught Using Twitter Despite Ban

Published 12th Nov, 2021

By Emmanuel Uti

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, have been caught using Twitter, despite the existing ban on the microblogging platform in Nigeria.

FIJ’s independent investigation revealed that Shehu liked a tweet by Defense News Nigeria praising the prowess of the Nigerian Army on September 5, exactly three months after the ban.

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.

READ ALSO: Nigeria @ 61: What Buhari Said About Twitter Ban, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho, Others

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.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Buhari Orders Conditional Lifting of Twitter Ban

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.

Published 12th Nov, 2021

By Emmanuel Uti

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