#Twitterban: Nigeria loses N24.72bn in 10 days

Ever since the federal government of Nigeria suspended the operation of the microblogging app in Nigeria on June 5, due to the site removed tweet by the president, the country has lost N24.72bn ($60.14m) in one week and 3 days. 

According to NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, Nigeria loses N102.9m ($250,600) every hour to the ban. 

According to a report by Statista, Nigeria has about 33 million active social media users, with about 26 per cent on Twitter. 

The Director General of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture, Ayoola Olukanni, said, "Communication is a significant part of sales and marketing in this digital age. 

"Consequently, the Twitter ban will likely impact negatively and disrupt businesses especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises who rely on social media, such as Facebook, Instagram including Twitter to conduct business. 

"It will therefore most likely negatively impact the IT sector of the economy which is already facing several other challenges. 

"While it may be considered that there are alternative social media platforms, the abrupt nature of the suspension would mean a loss of existing contacts and a cost of migration. 

"We must of course also not and cannot, discountenance the national security dimension of the misuse of social media and micro-blogging platforms to inspire violence outside its use to conduct Business." 


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