Lai Mohammed attacks Twitter over the deleted ‘civil war’ remark by Buhari
Lai Mohammed attacks Twitter over the deleted ‘civil war’ remark by Buhari though the social media platform claims the presidents remark is in violation of its rules.
The Minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria has criticized Twitter for deleting a comment on President Buhari’s account after he made reference to the country’s civil war in the context of recent insecurity the country faces.
However, Twitter removed the remark, noting it had violated its rules.
In reaction to the removal of the presidents remark, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture said, “Twitter may have its own rules, it’s not a universal rule. If Mr. President anywhere in the world feels very bad and concerned of a situation, he is free to express such views” says
“When people were burning police stations and killing policemen in Nigeria during #EndSARS, for Twitter it was about the right to protest. But when a similar thing happened on the Capitol, it became insurrection” he added.
President Muhammadu Buhari who happens to be a former general, made a statement on Tuesday, the first of June, 2021, referring to recent violence in the southeast, where officials have blamed separatists for attacks on police and election offices.
During the civil war which occurred half a century ago, one million people died during the 30-month civil war after separatist generals declared an independent region for the Igbo people in Nigeria’s southeast.
The Minister further accused Twitter of ignoring messages from Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB separatist group, which he said was clearly a group that promoted violence.
Hence he fails to see why the micro-blogging site chose to remove the presidents comment on the Nigerian civil-war.
Mohammed also made reference to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s call last year for bitcoin donations to the #EndSARS protests last year in Nigeria against police brutality.
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