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From Twitter to Koo: Nig. govt spurns Twitter, opens account on Indian micro-blogging site, Koo

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The Buhari administration has signed up on Indian-grown microblogging site Koo, a move that seems to reinforce its determination to teach Twitter, the American microblogging giant, a bitter lesson.

Recall that the Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed last week announced the suspension of the operations of Twitter in Nigeria over allegations of having sympathy for those who are bent on rupturing “Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

Shortly after the ban, Koo announced that it was available in Nigeria and was working to add local languages on its platform.

The new account opened by the Nigerian government on the Koo account carries “@nigeriagov” as the handle and “Government of Nigeria” as its user name and it has garnered over 10,000 followers as of when this report was filed.

Aprameya Radhakrishna, Koo founder and CEO, officially confirmed on Saturday that the platform is now available in Nigeria.

Radhakrishna said his team was working on adding Nigeria’s local languages for Koo users in the country.

“Koo is now available in Nigeria. We are thinking of enabling the local language there as well. He further added that they are considering introducing a local Nigerian language into the Koo app,” Radhakrishna said.

“Nigeria is similar to India in terms of language diversity. It has hundreds of regional languages. Koo has a global outlook and will enable micro-blogging in countries that need it the most. We have built a scalable platform, and while we are still enhancing the product, it’s already available for use in multiple countries today.”

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