Nigeria accuses Twitter of supporting seccesionists
FG: We Are Suspecting Twitter’s Role In
# Nigeria accuse Twitter of bias, suspects Twitter of supporting seccessionist.
The Government of Nigeria has accused Twitter of bias in favour of the IPOB an organization at the fore front of seccesionist agenda for the eastern part of Nigeria. Alhaji Lai Mohammed the Minister for Culture and Information in the country says it suspecting the activities of Twitter, following its decision to delete President Muhammadu Buhari’s
Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet threatening genocide against the people of Igbo-dominated South-East. Earlier, Twitter had seen no wrongdoing in its response to some of those who marked the tweet as genocidal and reported it as a violation of its policy. Following several complaints and in accordance to its rules. Twitter deleted the tweet, stating: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
In a swift reaction Lai Mohammed, who wondered why the organization now found President Buhari’s tweet offensive, said Twitter’s role is suspect and Nigeria will not be fooled.
He said: “Twitter may have its own rules, it’s not the universal rule. If Mr.President, feels bad and concerned 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.
Lai Mohammed accused Twitter of double stsndard, he said the social media giant has conveniently ignored inciting tweets by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and his cohorts.
He said Twitter ignored Kalu’s remarks that encouraged the killing of Police personnel and the show of similar biases during the ENDSARS protest where government and private properties were looted and set on fire, considering it human rights.
Lai Mohammed said that “An organisation 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? Are we 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.”
Mr Buhari’s tweet boasted about the role he played alongside other Nigerian military officers in the Nigerian Civil War of 1966-70, during which over three million Igbo civilians were killed, many of them rounded up and shot at close range or starved to death.
The president’s tweet followed widespread attacks on public facilities by unknown attackers in the region, but critics said his comments were an escalation of violence and a promotion of genocide rather than an attempt to curb the excesses of criminals rampaging across the South-East.
The Nigerian leader may also be locked out of his account for 24 hours or face a temporary suspension for the offensive tweet, The Gazette learnt.
The president’s post came after a wave of attacks on public facilities in the region by unknown attackers, but critics said his words were an escalation of violence and a call for genocide rather than an attempt to rein in criminals rampaging across the region.
The Nigerian leader might be locked out of his account for 24 hours or suffer a temporary suspension as a result of the message.