All three social networks of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook went offline on Monday around after 3pm Nigerian time.
It is not clear what caused the break, but according to a Twitter announcement by WhatsApp, the problem is from their end.
Many Nigerians have been switching their phones on and off, some even changing their SIM cards, thinking the fault is with their networks.
But the people at WhatsApp which is owned by the same person that owns Facebook and Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that people should bear with them as they work to restore things.
The tweet read, “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!”
Facebook’s outages happen relatively rarely but tend to be vast in their impact, not least because they affect three of the world’s biggest apps.
The company is often cryptic about the causes of any issues, and does not tend to explain them even after they are fixed. In 2019, for instance, it suffered its biggest outage in years – and said only that it had “triggered an issue” during “routine maintenance operations”.