The Twitter ban in Nigeria has entered its 100th day. In that spate of time, Nigeria had lost over N247billion naira to the blackout. The microblogging platform had been blocked in Nigeria by the Nigerian government after the platform had taken down a tweet by the Nigerian president, Major-General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtrd).
The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria had confirmed the directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to block the site platform across the country: “We, The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission, the industry regulator, to suspend 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 costs Nigeria’s economy N103.17m ($250,600) every hour. It has been 2,400 hours since the FG banned Twitter.
The Presidency through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had recently said it was close to an agreement with Twitter and would soon lift the ban.