Aisha Buhari To Deactivate Twitter Account As A Protest Over Deletion Of Buhari’s Tweets

Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President of Nigeria has taken a side with her husband to protest against Twitter.

Mrs Buhari tweeted hours after the Nigerian government announced the suspension of the microblogging network that she would be deactivating her twitter account ‘for now’.

“I will be deactivating my twitter account for now . Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The Nigeria Minister of Information Lai Mohammed had reacted on Thursday after Twitter deleted Buhari’s tweet – two texts and 1 video.

Aisha Buhari
Aisha Buhari

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

On Wednesday, Buhari tweets threatened genocide against the people of Igbo-dominated South-East, which was immediately removed by Twitter after series of reports.

Hours later, the Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed flayed Twitter for allegedly playing double standards on domestic issues.

Mohammed said Twitter had ignored posts inciting violence in Nigeria, particularly tweets from the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and his cohorts.

“Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr President, anywhere in the world, feels very bad and concern about a situation, he is free to express such views. Now, we should stop comparing apples with oranges. If an organisation is proscribed, it is different from any other which is not proscribed.

“Two, any organisation that gives directives to its members, to attack police stations, to kill policemen, to attack correctional centres, to kill warders, and you are now saying that Mr President does not have the right to express his dismay and anger about that? We are the ones guilty of double standards.

“I don’t see anywhere in the world where an organisation, a person, will stay somewhere outside Nigeria and will direct his members to attack the symbols of authority, the police, the military, especially when that organisation has been proscribed. By whatever name, you can’t justify giving orders to kill policemen or to kill anybody you do not agree with,” he said.

Nigeria and Twitter’s fight have been for days and there is no end in sight following the recent suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria, as a retaliation.

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