The Twitter ban in Nigeria has extended to 100 days and during that time the country has lost N247.61 billion.
The federal government shut down Twitter on June 4 after the social media platform deleted a tweet from the President, Major General Muhammadu Bukhari (retd.).
As a result, the telecom operator blocked access to Twitter on June 5 after receiving instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission.
Regarding this matter, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria said, “We, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, would like to confirm that our members have received official instructions from the Communications Commission of Nigeria, the industry regulator, to restrict access to Twitter . . .
“ALTON has conducted a robust assessment of the directive in accordance with internationally accepted principles.”
According to the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, the blockade will cost the Nigerian economy N103.17 million ($250,600) per hour.
It’s been 2,400 hours since FG banned Twitter.
Recently, the Presidency, through Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it would reach an agreement with Twitter and would immediately lift the ban.
Nigeria is a member of an exclusive list of countries such as China, Iran and North Korea where Twitter is banned. Since the ban, the use of virtual private networks has increased.
ExpressVPN says it has seen more than a 200% increase in web traffic from Nigeria since the federal government banned microblogging sites.