By Prince Osuagwu
IF you frequently use public transportation, or spend any time at a newspaper stand, you’ll realise that Nigerians are actively involved in their own democracy. Everyone has an opinion, and is always willing to share it. However, social media has given a boost to the voice of Nigerians. Twitter for example, has launched a brand of connectivity such that Nigerians now have direct access to their leaders. They can question, lobby, and debate with the men and women in charge of the leading institutions in the country.
It all began with former President Goodluck Jonathan, who became the first Commander in Chief to use social media to communicate with Nigerian citizens. Now, politicians across Nigeria, use Twitter to make their views known. Particularly interesting is the level of engagement with President@MBuhari whose every decision has been followed and reported via the social media site.
Prior to President Muhammadu Buhari’s election, the@APCNigeria, now the ruling party, used a heightened social media campaign mainly based on Twitter to communicate their key messaging and ideas to the general public. Twitter remains their number one communications tool as Nigerians all across the globe use Twitter to follow, contribute and discuss political news, in real time.
If you are looking for some interesting Twitter handles to keep up to date with Nigerian politics, check out the ones below: @APCNigeria is the political party of current President, Muhammadu Buhari @GovNigeria is the official Twitter page of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Gives updates on the happenings of Nigeria and its dealings in the international market and the country’s relations to others.
@SECNigeria is a government agency mandated to regulate and develop the Nigerian Capital market. @EiENigeria is a coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement. Gives a voice to young Nigerians by retweeting their opinions on matters in the country. Gives updates on current political situations. @NOA_Nigeria was created to enlighten Nigerians on Government policies, programs and activities.