Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and 98 other Nigerians and individual organizations may lose 160,289,500 followers due to the federal government’s ban on Twitter, according to figures obtained Saturday.
But the organization did not appear fazed by the ban and offered to help its Nigerian-based users circumvent the ban.
He said he had started efforts to restore access to his platform for Nigerians following the blocking of access to it by telecommunications companies in the country.
Many Nigerians immediately sought an alternative route through virtual private network (VPN).
Downloading the VPN app seemed difficult on Saturday.
The United States told the Federal Government yesterday that its suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria is capable of sending the wrong signals to investors and companies.
The Presidency, in its first comment on the temporary ban last night, dismissed suggestions that it was in response to the recent deletion of Buhari’s tweets on social media.
According to Rosbena.com, Buhari with 3 million followers and Osinbajo with 2.6 million are among the top 100 crowd attractors on Twitter.
The others include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Asiwaju Ball Tinubu; a former president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote; ace musician David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido); a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Temi Otedola; another highly rated musician, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (Wizkid) and Grammy’s Best Global Music Award winner Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy).
The suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria may also deny some Nigerians and institutions a strong following.
These include the Presidency, the Nigerian Police, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Nigerian Army, Pastor Enoch Adeboye;
Pastor Sam Adeyemi; the former Vice President of the World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili; Senator Dino Melaye; Senator Shehu Sani and Femi Fani-Kayode.
According to Rosbena.com research, the top 100 identified Nigerians have dominated Twitter in the country.
The link reads: “Rosbena compiles the list of the most followed Nigerian accounts on Twitter.
“Unlike the most followed Nigerian accounts on Instagram, which mainly comprise musicians and actresses, the list of Nigerian most followed Twitter accounts mainly includes musicians, politicians, radio stations, newspapers and banks.
The breakdown of some of the 100 ranked accounts and their followers is as follows: President Muhammadu Buhari (3 million); Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (2.6 million); Bukola Saraki (2 m); Davido (6.8 million); Aliko Dangote (880,200); Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, also known as Wizkid (6.3 m); Don Jazzy (4.5 m); Tiwa Savage (3.9 million); TV channels (3.7 million); Burna Boy (3.2 million); Dapo Oyebanjo alias D’Banj (3.1 million); Olamide Gbenga Adedeji also known as Olamide (3.1 million); Banky W.
Banky (2.9 million); Peter P-Square (2.5m); The Ice Prince Zamani (2.4 m); Ali Baba (858,600); and Genevieve Nnaji (2.1 m).
Others are the musician Simi (2.1 million); Wande Coal (1.9m); The comedian Basketmouth (1.9 m); Blogger Linda Ikeji (1.9 million); Governor Nasir el-Rufai (1.7 million); Presidency of Nigeria (1.7 million); Tony Elumelu (1 m); Senator Dino Melaye (1.6 million)
INEC (1.5 m); DJ. Cuppy (1.5m); Nigerian Police Force (1.2 million); EFCC (904,300); Temi Otedola (1.2 m) Senator Shehu Sani (1.2 m); Pastor Enoch Adeboye (1.1 million); The Director General of the WTO, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (1.1 million); Oby Ezekwesili (1 m); Funke Akindele (1 m); the Senior Special Assistant to the President in Media and Advertising, Mallam Garba Shehu (978,300); and a former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (956,200).