Nigerians took to Google during the week to know more about Biafra and the history of democracy in Africa’s most populous nation. Google’s Spokesman Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made the announcement in Lagos on Thursday. Kola-Ogunlade, who is Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa, said the searches were apparently to know more about Biafra.
Some groups observed a sit-at-home protest on May 30, to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the Biafra uprising ended. Kola-Ogunlade said that Nigerians searched for Democracy Day, Biafra News, Biafra Day, Tiger Woods, Ernesto Valverde and Paul Pogba in the search engine. According to him, a group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has rejected May 29 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, describing it as fraudulent, unrealistic and escapist. “The group asked the Federal Government to declare June 12 as Democracy Day instead. “May 29 was chosen by the last military regime of Gen. Abdul Salaam Abubakar. “Nigerian researched more on the topic on Google search using the terms: ‘when is democracy day in Nigeria.’
The spokesman said that Nigerians also searched for: “why do we celebrate democracy day in Nigeria. “History of democracy day in Nigeria and democracy day 2017”. The searches commenced on May 25 and ended on May 31. Kola-Ogunlade said there was total shutdown in Nigeria’s South East on May 30, following the Indigenous People of Biafra’s sit-at-home order. He said that the order was to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Republic of Biafra and also to honour heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle. The Google chief said that the sit-at-home order was totally complied with in the five states in the South East. Kola-Ogunlade explained that people searched Google using terms such as ‘Biafra news today’, ‘Biafra latest news’, ‘radio Biafra news’ and ‘radio Biafra’.
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