The Oasis Reporters
January 13, 2022
From wedding matters to politics, business and media, Nigerians have taken to their ‘welcome back’ on Twitter with gusto, zest and relish.
Their posts betray high but barely suppressed emotions, but a keen observer would notice deep resentment, that just a coterie of government officials would orchestrate the ban on behalf of the President they believe was slighted by a company run by youths in the US.
That seeming ego massage trip suspended the businesses of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, perhaps millions of them who use the app for their businesses and they ran into losses in millions of dollars because of the ban.
Some Nigerians at home are holding back their comments on the unbanning of Twitter until much later. Unlike those in the diaspora who are hitting the regime hard:
Farooq Kperogi is unsparing:
No nation can survive a transition from Buhari's corrupt, do-nothing, geriatric, dementia-plagued presidency to a drunken, narcotized, geriatric, & potentially corrupt Tinubu presidency. Osinbajo, is also a part of the Buhari presidency. You can't resent Buhari & accept Osinbajo— Farooq Kperogi (@farooqkperogi) January 12, 2022
The last time AIT tweeted was June 4, 2021. That is until today’s unbanning of Twitter.
Obviously, they obeyed orders till the end, but your guess is good enough on what they really think.
Feels good to be back on Twitter! pic.twitter.com/rVnbAcwbPP— AIT (@AIT_Online) January 13, 2022
Here’s Maybeks, in her status:
From day Twitter was banned till when it was lifted, the Nigerian govt that claimed to be a sovereign state did all the talking, appointing of committee and running around to visit Twitter. Nigeria running kiti kiti while Twitter remained where it is, chilling with the big boys.— Maybeks (@Maybeks) January 13, 2022
Twitter has "agreed" to register Nigeria blah blah blab. Twitter didn't agree on any sh!t. It's an existing channel that is open for organizations and govts' departments to join. Nothing special. But hey, Buhari minors must massage his lifeless ego 😂😅 Twitter 1: Buhari/Isa 0 pic.twitter.com/McDculBJcl— Maybeks (@Maybeks) January 13, 2022
While Twitter was away, I proposed to the love of my life and it was a HUGE YES!— Bámidélé Chris (@Chrisbamidele) January 13, 2022
So, guys in my circle, We have a wedding to plan this year.
Strictly by Invitation ni sha oh.
God Bless. pic.twitter.com/Zv3NkkjoEu
Seun is back!
Politics Today is back on Twitter.— SeunOkin Channels tv (@seunokin) January 13, 2022
Follow us to get first hand news of all the things happening in the country.#politcalanalysis #politicsnews #election #tribunal #channels #seunokinbaloye #politicalanalyst #politicstoday #politicsnews #election #electoralact #election2023 pic.twitter.com/WYkSKxd8zr
Even MTN that obeyed orders to unplug Twitter from Nigerians has equally announced it’s comeback.
Y’ello!!!! We are back🤩🤩🥳🥳💃🏾💃🏾🕺🏼🕺🏼— MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) January 13, 2022
Good thing that the regime unbanned Twitter. That they have done so now, and hurriedly, shows that they have seen the wisdom in the pieces of advice that they got, but ignored.
The reality of the truth has come home to roost with the jockeying by politicians to get on the campaign trail towards a change at the presidency on May 29, 2023.