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The Nigerian government has announced that the use of Twitter is now illegal in the country.

This follows a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari that used language going against Twitter's policies. Buhari said that he merely used words in "the language they will understand" in a tweet was directly aimed at civilian protesters.

Twitter deleted the tweet shortly after it was sent out.

Following that, the government then enlisted a ban on Twitter two days later, threatening with arrests if any citizen went ahead and posted on it.

In defiance, people in Africa's most populous country have decided to log in anyway. They have been saying the indefinite ban on Twitter is an attack on their free speech.

TopTenVPN, a tracker in London, said that demand for firewall-circumventing apps jumped by more than 1,400 percent over the weekend.

Foreign Policy reports that currently millions of Nigerian citizens can only access the social media platform through VPNs.

This is a developing story.

Watch the eNCA video below for more on Nigeria's ban on using Twitter.

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