Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has reacted to Twitter’s removal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘civil war’ tweet.
According to the Nation, the Minister accused Twitter of displaying double standards, having not deleted inciting tweets by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr. President, anywhere in the world feels very 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,” he was quoted as saying after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Buhari.
“Two, any organisation that gives directives to its members, to attack police stations, to kill policemen, to attack correctional centers, to kill warders, and you are now saying that Mr. President does not have the right to express his dismay and anger about that? We 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.”
The late Tuesday tweet had captured an earlier speech by Buhari at a press briefing with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Many Nigerians saw the tweet as a declaration of war against South Easterners, prompting some Twitter users to report it for disciplinary measures.
Twitter eventually deleted the tweet on Wednesday, citing the violation of its rules.
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