Twitter has removed a post by Nigeria’s president and temporarily shut down his account, claiming that he had “abusive behavior” of the site after sending warnings to insurgents accused of attacks on police and election offices. Policy is broken.
A tweet posted by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday was deleted less than a day after the rule was breached, with the platform suspending his handle for 12 hours, according to Reuters.
“Many of the abusers today are too young to be aware of the devastation and loss of life that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us who have been in the field for 30 months, who have gone through the war, accompany them. behave in the language they understand. Buhari said in a now-deleted tweet.
the move was quick Condemnation by Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohamed, who stressed the president’s right to speak on security matters while questioning the agenda of the forum in the country.
“Twitter may have its own rules, but it is not a universal rule. If Mr. President, anywhere in the world, feels very bad and concerned about a situation, he is free to express such views. “ The minister said. “Any organization that instructs its members to attack police stations, kill policemen… – you are saying that Mr. President has no right to express his dismay and anger at that?”
Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is very questionable.
Mohamed also cited several intense demonstrations against police brutality in Nigeria and compared them to the situation in the United States when people were “Burning down police stations and killing policemen” During the rallies, Twitter insisted on their “Right to protest.”
“But when something similar happened in the Capitol, it became a rebellion,” He referred to the January 6 riots, in which supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the halls of Congress. Twitter Banned tens of thousands US-based accounts as well as Trump’s personal handles after the unrest, Suggestion His posts helped instigate the riot.
Buhari’s clean post refers to the Nigerian Civil War of 1967, in which separatists attempted to break away from the central government and form an independent state out of a region in southern Nigeria called Biafra. While the separatists were defeated and Biafra was re-incorporated into the country in 1970, separatism has survived, namely the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) movement.
Founded in 2012, IPOB has become one of the largest Biafran independence organizations but has faced intense opposition from the government, which classified the group as a terrorist organization in 2017. Officials say action against separatists is necessary to maintain security, international rights groups allege state repression and extrajudicial killings Against IPOB activists, including a . also includes big action At least 21 civilians were killed in clashes that resulted in a group meeting last year.
Violence has only escalated since IPOB created a new armed wing, the Eastern Security Network, last December. militant group has been Accused to execute one string of attacks at election offices and police stations, especially in southern Nigeria, although the IPOB has refused to participate on several occasions.
In a press briefing earlier this week, a senior election official said There were 42 attacks on election offices since the last race in 2019, most in the last seven months. Under the same pressure, Buhari – who served in the army during the 1967 war – said a “vulgar shock” If the attacks continue, the separatists await the rebels.
Meanwhile, IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu took to Twitter later on Wednesday to cheer the platform’s decision, thanking the site for removing Buhari. “hate tweet” blaming Nigerian leaders “Realize that they are not accountable to BiaFrance.”
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