The federal government has slammed social media giant Twitter for allegedly using double standards on internal matters in Nigeria, calling the company’s involvement in the country questionable.
In response to questions about President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets reminiscing about Nigerians’ experiences during the civil war and issuing a warning to armed secessionists in the country’s Southeast region on Tuesday, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Twitter had not been fair to Nigeria.
While the social media giant had conveniently ignored inciting tweets by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and his cohorts, displaying the same biases it did during the #ENDSARS protest, where government and private properties were looted and set ablaze all in the name of right to protest, the Minister claimed that the President’s tweets were offensive.
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the carnage and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,” the President tweeted on Tuesday using his verified Twitter handle, @MBuhari. Those of us who spent 30 months in the fields and lived through the conflict will speak to them in their own language.”
Twitter, on the other hand, deleted the tweet, claiming that it “violated the Twitter Rules.”
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“Twitter may have its own standards; it is not the general rule,” Mohammed stated in response to Twitter’s action. Mr. President is allowed to voice his feelings about a subject, regardless of where he is in the world. Now is the time to stop comparing apples and oranges. When an organisation is prohibited, it is distinct from those that are not.
“Two, any organisation that instructs its members to assault police stations, kill police officers, attack penitentiary centres, kill warders, and now you’re saying Mr. President has no right to voice his displeasure and indignation about it? We are the ones who are guilty of applying different standards to different people.
“I don’t see anywhere in the world where an organisation, or a person, will stay outside of Nigeria and encourage his people to assault symbols of authority, such as the police and the military, especially if that organisation is outlawed. You can’t justify giving instructions to kill police officers or anyone you don’t agree with, no matter what name you use,” he said.
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