Twitter Is A Suspect - Nigerian Govt Lashes Out Over Tweets' Deletion

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The Nigeria government has described the role of Twitter in Nigeria as a suspect.

This is coming after the social media giant pulled down President Muhammadu Buhari's tweet in which he threatened to teach rabble-rousers in the South East the language they understand.

The country's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Twitter is playing alleged double standards on the issue concerning domestic issues.

Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed

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.

The Minister also said Twitter is showing the same bias he displayed during the EndSars protest where public properties were destroyed.

On Tuesday, Buhari tweeted, saying, "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."

In the evening of the same day, Concerned Nigerians asked its followers to report Buhari's tweet. Hours later, Mr Buhari's tweet was deleted for "violating Twitter Rules."

But Mr Mohammed, in his reaction, said, "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.

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