BUSTED: Buhari’s Minister, Lai Mohammed Sneaks Out Of Nigeria To Meet With Top Twitter Executives In US Over Ban

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has travelled to the US to satisfy with prime executives of in style microblogging website, Twitter. 

SaharaReporters on Tuesday solely obtained a video exhibiting the minister and Olusegun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, in a Delta Airline heading to the US. 

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VIDEO: Nigeria’s Infamous Information Minister, Lai Mohammed Travelling To The US From Lagos To Meet With @Twitter —Tried To Disguise With Face Cap As He Flew On @Delta Airline From Lagos To New York On Seat Number 8A#TwitterBan pic.twitter.com/9LLpCGgoMr

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) August 17, 2021

The Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities on June 5, 2021 indefinitely banned Twitter, limiting it from working in Nigeria after the social media platform deleted tweets posted by Buhari. 

Buhari’s tweets, which many Nigerians discovered distasteful, had warned the Southeastern folks of Nigeria towards secession agenda, threatening to cope with them “in the language they understand”. His feedback referenced the Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970) during which an estimated 2 million South-Easterners died of hunger. 

However, the Nigerian authorities claimed the ban was in the end based mostly on “a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real world violent consequences”.

It additionally accused Twitter of threatening the company unity of Nigeria. 

In the video obtained by SaharaReporters, Mohammed is seen attempting to disguise with a baseball cap. 

A prime supply who disclosed the vacation spot and the mission of the federal government group to SaharaReporters, mentioned, “You can see Lai Mohammed trying to disguise with a face cap, he flew on seat 8A in the business class section of Delta Airline from Lagos to New York. 

“He flew together with his Special Assistant, Olusegun Adeyemi who took seat 8C within the enterprise class.”

This comes after a statement by Mohammed last Wednesday that Nigeria would soon lift its ban on Twitter after resolving some of its differences with the social media platform, signalling the end of a policy widely condemned as an affront to freedom of expression.

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The ban was condemned by Amnesty International, Swedish Embassy and the British and Canadian missions in Nigeria. 

Domestic organisations together with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have challenged the ban in court docket. 

Sadly, although many Nigerians have bypassed the ban by utilizing Virtual Private Network (VPN), the already battered financial system of the nation loses a fortune each day to the ban. 

For occasion, as at August 6, British agency, Top10VPN estimated that the ban had affected round 104.4 million web customers within the nation, and price the nation round $366.9 million. The agency made the calculations utilizing a device developed by web governance watchdog organisation, Netblocks, and Internet Society, a US advocacy nonprofit.

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