The Federal Government had on Friday, accused the platform of promoting activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, following the deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet from the platform.
In a statement by the Presidential spokesperson on Saturday, he explained that the Federal Government did not merely ban twitter because they deleted President Buhari’s tweet, but also because the platform facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to loss of many lives.
Nigerians however shared a viral tweet of the leader of the proscribed IPOB group, Nnamdi Kanu, which the platform did not delete as it was clearly against their rules.
According to some analysts, leaving Kanu’s statement which threatened death on men of the Nigerian Armed Forces, clearly indicated that Twitter is in support of his proposed insurrection especially when it decided to delete a Presidential Speech threatening to deal with insurrectionists.
In Kanu’s tweet, he wrote: “It’s not for the living to respond to the dead but given the lack of reasoning prevalent in the #Zoo Nigeria, I wish to assure @GarShehu (Garba Shehu) , the Jihadi midget @elrufai (Nasir El-Rufai) & that Fulani lapdog Femi Adesina that any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive.”
Barely 24 hours after the ban of the platform, Twitter has deleted the tweet in an attempt to get themselves unbanned from the Nigerian internet space.
In the earlier hours of Saturday, twitter had pleaded with Nigerians not to get rid of their App as they are working to get it back on in Nigeria. They used the hashtag #KeepItOn to assure Nigerians that they are working hard to restore their service in the country.