The suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government has forced the federal government and some agencies of government to move to Koo, an Indian microblogging platform, to keep in touch with the public.
Barely a week after banning the tech giant over the deletion of a tweet on President Muhammadu Buhari’s account, the federal government has joined the Indian microblogging site.
It has already opened an official account on the platform with the handle @nigeriagov and had above 10,000 followers as at Thursday night.
Also, some aides of the government have opened accounts on the app.
According to reports, Koo was built after the Indian government’s constant disagreements with Twitter.
Koo co-Founder Aprameya Radhakrishna, who confirmed that the platform is now available in Nigeria, said they are working on adding Nigeria’s local languages.
He said: “A very warm welcome to the official handle of the Government of Nigeria on @kooindia! Spreading wings beyond India now”.
“Koo is now available in Nigeria. We are thinking of enabling the local language there as well. We are considering introducing a local Nigerian language into the Koo app.
“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.”
Chiemelie Ezeobi in Lagos and Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja