“if you are using VPN and you think you are hurting Lai Mohammed, you are hurting yourself.”
“My advice to anybody using VPN is to stop it because when you use VPN, it exposes your entire data, including your bank account…
“I am serious. So, if you are using VPN and you think you are hurting Lai Mohammed, you are hurting yourself.”
These are the words from minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed when he appeared before lawmakers during an investigative hearing on ban of Twitter’s operation in the country.
Many Nigerians have faulted this statement, that he made it out of ignorance. There is no way using VPN can grant illegal access to bank accounts
A virtual private network, or VPN, is an encrypted connection over the Internet from a device to a network. The encrypted connection helps ensure that sensitive data is safely transmitted. It prevents unauthorized people from eavesdropping on the traffic and allows the user to conduct work remotely.
Some Nigerians reacted this way: