The Nigerian government has joined Koo, an Indian microblogging platform, less than a week after suspending the operations of Twitter, an American-owned platform.
The Federal Government suspended Twitter from operating in the country last Friday, after the platform deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet deemed to have violated its rules.
However, Nigerians have continued to circumvent the ban through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), with the government saying it will prosecute violators of the ban.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has also ordered television and radio stations to go off Twitter.
The Nigerian Government’s verified account on Koo, with the name “Government of Nigeria” @nigeriagov, has 11,621 followers as of the time of filing this report.
Also, Koo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aprameya Radhakrishna, shared a post on his account @aprameya, about Nigerian government’s presence on Koo.
“The official handle of the government of Nigeria is now on Koo!” he wrote.
He also added that the platform is working to enable local Nigerian languages on its app.