FG slams Twitter accuses them of double standards
Twitter has deleted the tweet where President Muhammadu Buhari threatened to deal with ‘people’ who didn’t learn from the civil war for violating its rules.
Recall that President Buhari after meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body around the country tweeted that:
“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”
This tweet didn’t go down well with many social media users who felt the tweet was a direct threat to people of the South-East region of Nigeria. Nigerians They however reported the President’s Twitter account which led to the removal of the tweet.
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According to Twitter the president’s post was removed for violating its rules.
Twitter explained that “When we determine that a Tweet violated the Twitter Rules, we require the violator to remove it before they can Tweet again. We send an email notification to the violator identifying the Tweet(s) in violation and which policies have been violated. They will then need to go through the process of removing the violating Tweet or appealing our review if they believe we made an error”
Reacting to the development, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said “Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr. President, anywhere in the world feels very bad and concern 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.
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“Two, any organisation that gives directives to its members, to attack police stations, to kill policemen, to attack correctional centres, 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,” he said.