Effiong, 37, had worked on President Muhammadu Buhari’s digital campaign strategy during Nigeria’s 2015 election. Now he was urging everyone to defy the administration’s social media decree, announced Friday.
“The very act of tweeting has become a crime in the eyes of the government, but it is actually what we should all be doing,” Effiong said. “We should all be tweeting.”
In the days since Nigeria suspended Twitter, asserting that the platform threatened stability, people across Africa’s most populous country have logged on in defiance, blasting what they call an attack on free speech. Demand for firewall-circumventing apps jumped by more than 1,400 percent over the weekend, according to TopTenVPN, a tracker in London.