Twitter Ban: FG dumps Garba's CrowweApp for India Koo app

President Muhammadu Buhari-led government reportedly discarded Nigeria homemade social media app owned by Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Recall that the federal government had banned Twitter operation in Nigeria after the microblogging platform deleted President Buhari’s post on its platform for allegedly violating its policy.

Reacting to Twitter’s action against President Buhari, the Nigerian IT expert, Garba took to the same platform to say that the micro-blogging platform owner has no right whatsoever to act in that direction against the Nigerian president

Garba tweeted: “Twitter has no right to infuse into our local political affairs. It’s a company not a government.

The APC chieftain urged the federal government to ban the use of the bird app in Nigeria. He tweeted:

“By removing our democratically elected President’s speech to the people of Nigeria, Twitter need to shutdown from Nigerian internet space. Twitter need to get out of Nigeria,”

Campaigning for his CrowweApp, Garba in another post said: “President Muhammadu Buhari and his entire cabinet, including all Govt related social handles should consider using @CrowweApp.”

“We grow our local brand and perfect it by using and supporting it. Since we have local content rules, @CrowweApp is there to protect our national integrity.”

Also speaking during a live programme on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Garba described Twitter as an online machine for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

However, despite calls from international bodies to lift the suspension, the Nigerian government has gone ahead to register on an Indian social media platform, Koo with over 11,000 followers as at the time this report was given.

Vanguard reports that the Federal Government on the new platform announced the opening of the Mobolaji Bank Anthony flagship station of Lagos-Ibadan Rail, with the capacity to take 6,000 passengers.

The personal assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, on Wednesday confirmed that Koo would be used for the coverage of the event. She wrote: “Updates on #LagosIbadanRail flag-off event will be disseminated via… Koo, a new Twitter-like social media app where the Government of Nigeria has a new verified page; https://www.kooapp.com/profile/nigeriagov

Meanwhile, the Indian social media platform had on Monday announced its presence in Nigeria days after the operation of Twitter was suspended. Koo again on Saturday said that it was now available in Nigeria and was keen on adding new local languages for users in Nigeria.

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