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Social media giant, Twitter, on Wednesday, June 2, deleted a controversial post by President Muhammadu Buhari regarding the Nigerian Civil War.
His comment was in reaction to frequent attacks on Police facilities in the South-East.
The tweet, which was posted on Tuesday, read in part, “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.”
This statement did not go down well with many Nigerians who felt Buhari’s comments were insensitive; particularly as his administration had not spoken hard on northern elements who cause trouble in the country
A comment by Twitter stated, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
Twitter had said that Buhari violated its rules and warned that such violations could lead to “permanent suspension” from the microblogging platform.
Twitter, however, deemed the tweet as being in violation of its policy against threat of violence against individuals or group of people, hence it was deleted.
Renowned critic of Buhari, Reno Omokri also lauded the decision of Twitter over the controversial post.
Omokri tweeted, “I commend Twitter for deleting Buhari’s tweet threatening Civil War 2 on Nigeria’s SE. It was a most irresponsible tweet; and Nigerians are grateful to Jack for taking that action. But please do not stop there. Delete his account. Buhari is a menace to the world.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has faulted Twitter for deleting Buhari’s tweet.
Mohammed accused the tech giant of double standards, adding that “they (Twitter) are not the universal rules”.
He said, “Twitter may have its own rules, they are not the universal rules. 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 organization is proscribed, it is different from any other which is not proscribed.
“Two, any organization 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?
“They are the ones guilty of double standards. I don’t see anywhere in the world where an organization, 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 organization has been proscribed.
“By whatever name, you can’t justify giving orders to kill policemen or to kill anybody you do not agree with.”