Nigeria suspends Twitter operations two days after the social media giant removes the president’s post

Nigeria has suspended Twitter operations in the nation indefinitely, two days after the social media giant eliminated a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

The suspension was introduced on Friday by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in line with an announcement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi.

The President had condemned the assaults on police stations, prisons and places of work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, particularly in the South-East Nigeria, warning that these supporting riot and violence in the nation could be shocked.

Buhari had 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.”

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The President’s tweet riled some individuals who felt he was insensitive to have made an analogy of the civil battle. His critics subsequently reported the tweet to Twitter and the microblogging website later deleted the post with a remark, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.

President Buhari subsequently accused Twitter of supporting riot in Nigeria since final October throughout the #EndSARS protests which led to the destruction of lives and properties throughout the nation.

Reacting consequently on Friday in an announcement, the minister mentioned the Buhari authorities has suspended the actions of Twitter in the nation.

The assertion titled, ‘FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria’, learn, “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of
the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.

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“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, introduced the suspension in an announcement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for actions which might be able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence.

“The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”

The PUNCH had earlier reported {that a} lawyer and member of the President’s All Progressives Congress ruling social gathering, Dr Daniel Bwala, mentioned Twitter deleted Buhari’s post out of malice however didn’t delete the inciting posts of chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

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Bwala had additionally accused Twitter Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey, of supporting a course of that would have led to insurrection in Nigeria since final October throughout the #EndSARS protest.

When requested about the particulars of the suspension, a ministerial aide informed Reuters: “Wait and see how things will turn out.”

Twitter is investigating its “deeply concerning” suspension of operations by the Nigerian authorities, and “will provide updates when we know more,” the firm mentioned in an announcement.

Twitter’s web site and app continued to work in Nigeria’s capital Abuja and industrial hub Lagos on Friday.

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