Nigeria’s Twitter ban has been extended for another 100 days, costing the country N247.61 billion.
The Federal Government suspended Twitter on June 4 after the social media platform removed a message from President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Following a mandate from the Nigerian Communications Commission, carriers restricted access to Twitter on June 5.
“We, The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission, the industry regulator, to suss out the situation,” the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria said.
“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.
The Presidency recently announced, through Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that it was close to reaching a deal with Twitter and that the ban will be lifted soon.
Nigeria joins a select group of countries that have banned Twitter, including China, Iran, and North Korea. The use of Virtual Private Networks has increased since the ban.
Since the Federal Government prohibited microblogging sites, a company called ExpressVPN reported a 200 percent surge in web traffic from Nigeria.