The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reacts to the social media platform “Twitter” deleting President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet shared last night saying Twitter may have its rules but they are not the universal rule.
President Muhammadu Buhari last night slammed all those who have been destroying public, burning, and attacking government properties creating insurrection, but the President in his statement made reference to the Civil War the country witnessed in 1967-1970, where over 1 million Igbos were killed.
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The President’s statement sparked tension, anger, and unrest across the platform with multiple persons reporting President Buhari’s page and his tweet calling for it to be deleted or taken down.
In reactions to Twitter deleting President Buhari’s tweet thread, the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, accused Twitter of double standard citing instances where the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and other secessionists who said worse and made violence-inciting statements on the platform but their tweets never get deleted.
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The minister said the social media giant also displayed the same bias during the #ENDSARS protest during which government and private property were either looted or destroyed.
He said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled.
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 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?
“They 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.”
Buhari had in series of tweet on Tuesday through his Twitter handle, @MBuhari tweeted, “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.”
Following complaints, Twitter deleted the tweet, stating “This tweet violated the Twitter rules.”
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