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05.06.2021 news Pantami, Amaechi, Aregbesola… Top Govt Officials with Active Twitter Accounts Despite Ban

Published 5th Jun, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

Despite the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s ban on the operations of Twitter in the country, top officials of the government are yet to deactivate their accounts on the microblogging platform.

The Twitter ban was announced by Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Friday evening.

In a swift reaction to the order, Aisha Buhari, the First Lady, deactivated her Twitter account on Saturday morning. 

However, the duo of Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, the media spokespersons of the president, have not done so, more than 24 hours after the order.

FIJ monitored some other top government officials, including ministers and heads of commissions, who are also flouting the order. They include:

Ministries, National Assembly Not Left Out

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, ordered the prosecution of any Nigerian who flouts the new order. If that were to happen, the most senior officers of the legislature will end up in prison!

This is because the Twitter accounts of both the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly are still very active. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, are yet to enforce the government’s order.

Ironically, the Twitter account of the Ministry of Information and Culture, which was used to announce the ban, is still yet to be disabled.

The Twitter accounts of the National Assembly officers and ministries are still active, as seen below:

The ministries below were also observed to be active on Twitter:

Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy

Ministry of Information and Culture

Ministry of Police Affairs

Ministry of Justice

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Published 5th Jun, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

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