Two weeks after Twitter’s suspension in Nigeria, President Muhammadu’s followership has dropped, while those of his aides have seen some increase.
On June 4, the Nigerian government announced the suspension of Twitter, a move that did not go down well with the general public.
Since the announcement of the ban, President Buhari’s Twitter account has lost 8,030 followers.
Wayback Machine, an internet archive website, was used to track the growth or otherwise of the president’s Twitter followership. It was discovered that Nigeria’s president had 4.107 million followers from his last archived tweet on June 4.
The number dropped to 4.099 million as followers disembarked from the account.
However, Buhari’s media aides Bashir Ahmad and Tolu Ogunlesi have experienced some level of growth in terms of followership on their Twitter accounts.
Using the internet archive website, it was found that Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media Ahmad Bashir had 915,579 Twitter followers on June 5 – a day after the announcement of the ban.
His followership has grown to 917,189 on June 21. This means that his account has received 1,610 new followers.
Special Assistant (SA) to the President on Digital and New Media Tolu Ogunlesi had a total of 686,644 followers on April 9, the last day archived by the Wayback Machine.
Ogunlesi’s Twitter account has since risen to 697,844 as at June 21. This implies that he has added 11,200 new followers.
The Twitter accounts of both presidential aides have been silent, without any new tweet, yet there have been movements in terms of followership.
A campaign was launched on Twitter despite the ban.