At about 8 P.M. on July 15, 2016, news about the military coup d’etat attempt in Turkey had circulated on social media and reached Nigeria.
A faction within Turkey’s military had tried to overthrow President Erdogan’s democratic government by using armed tanks and helicopters but were countered by Turkish citizens who flooded the streets in support of Erdogan whom they had elected into power.
Even though President Erdogan resorted to Apple's FaceTime in an attempt to rally people against a military coup, it's been reported that Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in the Euro-asian country have been allegedly blocked although Facebook Live and Twitter’s Persicope along with Vimeo and Instagram are working fine.
Now, it’s only expected that the political sect on Nigerian Twitter will compare the attempted Turkish military coup to the Nigerian situation.
Coup in Turkey. Nigeria what are we waiting for?— Mr. Controversial (@TayoMarciano) July 15, 2016
Let's take a moment to imagine if this coup occurred in present-day Nigeria and dearest social media was shut down.
What would happen?
Every type of social media is hereby shut down.
There will be no place to share those strong opinions; there will be no hashtag-turned-movement instances like #OccupyNigeria to protest the military government's agenda and actions.
There will certainly be no Twitter or Facebook overlord to push for offline meetings or protests.
How then would Nigerians fight against the coup d'etat?
Will they come out and physically struggle with soldiers carrying hardcore batons and AK 47 rifles to ensure democracy continues to rule, risking their life and their families’ or would easily succumb to the new status quo?
Will they take on traditional activism in the way heroes like Dele Giwa, Gani Fawehinmi, Wole Soyinka and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti did with writing, speech and music?
Or will use civil disobedience as a tool in the same way that Martin Luther King did to fight for democracy?
Turkish citizens have taught us that it takes more than sharing thoughts on social media in the fight for democracy and national growth.