Social media platform, Twitter, has unverified and deactivated the account of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo four years after it was created. The deactivation occurred in the early hours of today.

Nairametrics observed that his over 2000 tweets were also deleted. The deactivated account was followed by 2.13 million individuals, making the Vice President one of the most followed Nigerian personality. President Muhammadu Buhari has 2.19 million followers on Twitter.

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Twitter deactivate Yemi Osinbajo’s Twitter account

Yemi Osinbajo rose to prominence after he emerged as the running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari, who won the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria after defeating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. Before the 2015 polls, Osinbajo served as the Attorney General and commisioner of justice under the administration of Bola Tinubu as the Governor of Lagos State.

The grey area: The only tweet left on the Twitter account after it was deactivated was the tweet promoting N-Power, an empowerment scheme of the Buhari-led administration and headed by Osinbajo. The reason behind the deletion of the other relevant tweets remains unclear and has raised reactions from many twitter users.

Reason for deactivation: The action taken by Twitter was allegedly prompted by a demand from the office of the Vice President. Senior Special Assistant for Media & Publicity to the vice president, Laolu Akande explained in a tweet that some individual(s) had tried to hack into the account yesterday, August 10, 2019.

He tweeted that the office proceeded to inform Twitter, and that must have prompted the deactivation. No damage was, however, done to the Vice President’s personality as the pending harm was nipped in the bud.

“Yesterday, there were failed external attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Vice President’s Twitter Account. Since, we have been in contact with Twitter, securing the account, and forestalling a reoccurrence. The VP will continue to actively communicate with our citizens,” Laolu Akande tweeted through his personal handle: @akandeoj.

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Reason not genuine? Several reactions trailed Akande’s tweet, with some stating that the reason given in defence of the deactivation is far from the truth, while other Twitter users blamed the hack attempt on the opposition parties.

Responding to Akande’s tweet, Dunu ‘@dunua‘ Anselem tweeted, “Pathetic lie. Tell this to the marines. Twitter punished him for election rigging and vote-buying. But you know what, you ain’t getting Bayelsa”

Another Twitter user, Oladele ‘@perogunner’ Motayo tweeted, “Prof. Should be mindful ooo, there is nothing the server party can’t do. If they can bring one nonentity IT guy from Kenya to defend INEC server, they can pay anybody to hack VP’s account.”

Below are the other reactions.


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