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[Breaking] Deleted Tweet: Buhari Hits Back, Orders Indefinite Suspension Of Twitter Operations In Nigeria

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Deleted Tweet: Lai Mohammed Says Buhari Have Right To Express Anger, Accuses Twitter Of Double StandardFederal Government has on Friday, June 4 ordered the indefinite suspension of the operations of popular microblogging and social networking service, Twitter in Nigeria.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued by his office in Abuja.

The statement, signed by Ministry spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, cited the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

According to the statement, the Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all Over-The-Top (OTT) media services and social media operations in Nigeria.

It is not yet clear how the suspension will work but the Twitter website was still accessible from Lagos as of Friday afternoon.

Read Also: Twitter Deletes Buhari’s ‘Civil War’ Tweet Threatening Arsonists In South East

The suspension comes days after Twitter deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s official account.

The tweet had referenced the Nigerian civil war as the President threatened to treat Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand”.

Read Also: Attacks On INEC Offices: ‘Whoever Wants Destruction Of The System Will Soon Have Shock Of Their Lives’ – Buhari

He stated;

Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigeria Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.

Buhari stated that his government will get “harder” on those hell-bent on destroying the country.

It sparked reactions from many Nigerians who interpreted the statement as a threat to commit human rights violations.

Read Also: Deleted Tweet: Lai Mohammed Questions Why Buhari Has No Right To Express Anger, Accuses Twitter Of Double Standard

Buhari made the threat after receiving security reports from Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of recent attacks on INEC facilities nationwide, especially in the South East.

The President’s Twitter account was reported by Nigerians who understood the last part of the thread as threats against Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its military wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Many reminded Buhari of the consequences of Nigerian Civil War which lasted from 1967 to 1970, stating that such must not be repeated.

Over 3 million Nigerians, mostly Igbo people, died during the war. Millions of people, especially children also starved to death.

Social media users likened President’s statement to that of the former United States President Donald Trump which earned him a permanent suspension.

Trump’s Twitter account was “permanently suspended… due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter had said.

Read Also: Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump’s Account

It added that the decision was made “after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account“.

Trump was locked out of his account for 12 hours after he called the people who stormed the US Capitol “patriots“.

Hundreds of his supporters entered the complex as US Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. The ensuing violence led to the deaths of four civilians and a police officer.

Twitter warned then that it would ban Trump “permanently” if he breached the platform’s rules again. Trump posted two tweets further that the company cited as the final straws.

Read Also: Twitter Says Trump Is Banned Forever – Even If He Runs For President Again

Recently, a top official at Twitter said Trump’s Twitter ban will remain forever, even if he runs for president again in 2024.

In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal on February 10 gave the decisive word on how the company would handle Trump’s Twitter account long term.

Responding to a question about what would happen if Trump ran again and was elected to office, Segal reacted without mincing words.

He said;

The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform — whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official.

However, it remains to be seen how Twitter would respond to the latest development in Nigeria.

1 Comment
  1. Bomi says

    I hate to say I told y’all so but I told y’all in 2015 when bloggers went rampant and started posting unconfirmed tales about Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. I said the freedom of press and expression yall enjoyed under Goodluck y’all won’t enjoy it under Buhari but I was bullied and called names, now your chicken has come home to roost…
    it’s time alot of y’all eat your pounded yam as Just Yam alone. The irony, the same man y’all use your fake news to elect is now taking that POWER from y’all.

    My Aunt use to say it’s the gods of old days that take their time to payback people for all their atrocities but the gods of today brings instant Karma.
    Can’t wait to see how this movie plays out

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