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FG Fumes After Twitter Deleted Buhari’s Civil War Post

A closed door meeting took place on Monday between  President Muhammadu Buhari and the INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu on security threats and attacks in INEC offices especially in the South East.

President Buhari said in the meeting, “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.”

The above statement has been reportedly deleted by Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, stating that it violates their media policies.

Other Nigerians have also attested to the fact that it was a threat to commit human rights violations to make such genocidal comment on Nigerian  Civil War from 1967 and 1970.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday labelled Twitter as complicit in the polarisation of Nigerians .

According to him, “Twitter may have its own rule but it’s not the universal rule. If Mr President feels very bad and concerned about a situation, he is free to express such views.”

He reportedly disclosed that, “Now, we should stop comparing apples with oranges. If an organisation is proscribed, it is different from any other which is not proscribed.”

He also stated that, “Two, when 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, then you are the one guilty of double standards.”

He also agitated that, “The mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very suspicious. Has Twitter deleted the violent tweets that Nnamdi Kanu has been sending? Has it? And you see, 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 in the Capitol, it became an insurrection.”

He also stressed that, “You see, we are not going to be fooled by anybody. We have a country to rule and we will do so to the best of our ability. Twitter mission in Nigeria citing those two examples is very suspect. What is their agenda?”

“How does Mr President’s speech that anybody who is destroying infrastructure, police offices and INEC offices should be ready for the consequences, inciting violence?” he added.

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