Nigerian govt reacts to Twitter deleting Buhari’s tweet

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Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Mohammed, has accused Twitter of bias against President Muhammadu Buhari.


The official was reacting to Twitter’s deletion of a tweet made by the President on Tuesday, threatening to rain ‘civil war-like attention’ on those promoting insurrection and attacking national assets.


“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 now deleted tweet posted via his official twitter account read in part.

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The president, who fought during the civil war, has been criticised by some Nigerians who see his statement as a veiled threat against the Igbo ethnic group who suffered casualties during the war.

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are currently seeking secession from the Nigerian state and this has pitched them against the Nigerian government.

Mr Buhari’s reference to the civil war caused controversy with the president’s handlers saying he was only referring to violent insurrectionists attacking public officials and institutions.

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Twitter said the tweet violated one of its rules but failed to provide details of the particular violation.


However, the minister, while addressing journalists in the State House, said the platform chose ignore the inciting messages from the proscribed IPOB but was quick to enforce its rules on the president.

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