Jack Dorsey, the co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, on Saturday tweeted the Nigerian flag apparently in solidarity with Nigerians despite the suspension of his platform’s operations in the country.
Dorsey tweeted the Nigerian flag at exactly midnight of June 12 – designated as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
— jack (@jack) June 11, 2021
He also tweeted the Nigerian flag again in another tweet at 1:09pm while replying to a Twitter user, Ray “Adewale Uwaifo” Youssef, who posted a video and then wrote that the energy of Nigerians will transform the world through the establishment of bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency.
Despite all forms of cryptocurrency currently banned in Nigeria, Dorsey replied to the tweet writing “100” alongside the image of the country’s flag.
— jack (@jack) June 12, 2021
This is not the first time the Twitter CEO will show solidarity to happenings in Nigeria.
During the #EndSARS protests of October 2020, Dorsey asked his followers to donate bitcoin so as to support the movement, after the government had suspended the conventional method of donating for the protest.
He also continued his solidarity for the movement by launching a special emoji to give the protesters more visibility on the microblogging platform.
His support did not go down well with the Federal Government, which had accused the social media company of supporting violence against the country.
The Federal Government announced the suspension of Twitter on 4 June, two days after the microblogging site deleted a tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari after it was deemed to have “violated the Twitter rules”.
President Buhari had on 1 June after meeting with the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, following the attacks on the commission’s offices in the South-East region said his administration will treat those fomenting trouble in the country “in the language they understand”.
However, the president’s comment elicited varied responses, with many Nigerians saying on social media that he had just threatened to deal with innocent citizens over the actions of a negligent few.
Many Nigerians inundated the microblogging site with requests for the removal of the controversial tweet and a suspension of the president’s account.
Despite initially saying that President Buhari’s tweet did not violate its rules, Twitter reversed its stance later on Wednesday, deleting the tweet.
In a statement by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, on 4 June, the ban placed on Twitter was due to the “persistent use” of the platform in purportedly encouraging activities that “undermines Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The microblogging site has since responded, saying on Friday that it wants to hold an “open discussion” with the Federal Government.
“Today marks one week since Twitter was blocked in Nigeria. We have informed the Nigerian government that we are ready to meet for an open discussion to address mutual concerns and see the service restored. We remain advocates for the free and #OpenInternet everywhere. #KeepitOn,” Twitter’s tweet read.