President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to reduce access to social media by increasing data prices, some observers have noted.
From December 1, Nigerians will begin to pay more for data services, amid the recession currently gripping the nation.
Last month, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), directed the service providers to increase data subscription by almost 100% from tomorrow.
A data plan of N1,000 for 1.5 gigabytes will now cost N3,000 at N1,000 per 500 megabytes.
If this increase is effected, it will cut off a lot of young mobile phone users and other low-income adults from social media.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the Co-founder and Managing Director at Flutterwave, said “it will be the equivalent of increasing fuel prices for young people”.
“In one blow, we are about to destroy Yaba – the one bright spot of the last year for this government,” Aboyeji tweeted.
“My President @MBuhari – you will kill future@Andela if you don’t stop the NCC from going through with this data price increase.
“So many young people rely on cheap mobile data to educate themselves in the face of a stretched education system @MBuhari.
“People’s lives have improved because of opportunities they can access via theinternet@MBuhari.
“Sir @MBuhari – this is the equivalent of increasing fuel prices for young people.
“They lose income, they lose learning and they lose opportunities. Please reconsider. Thank you sir @MBuhari.”
Another Twitter user, Isima Odeh, wrote: “Buhari wants 3G monthly bundle to be nothing less than N6,000 so criticism of him online will reduce. To those that voted him in. Well done.”