Recall that we early brought the news of Twitter deleting President Buhari’s tweet, Twitter has taken down a video showing President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to deal with youths in the South-East.
According to Twitter, the video “may be in response to a lawful and properly scoped request from an authorized agency in a specific country” or “may have breached the rules.”
The video was first shared on the official Twitter account of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, @NGRPresident, where Buhari warned that unpatriotic groups inciting insurgency and torching important national assets would face “rude shock.”
In the video, Buhari discusses his part, along with that of other Nigerian military leaders, in the Nigerian Civil War, which resulted in the deaths of nearly three million Igbos between 1966 and 1970.
The app took down the last part of a Twitter thread trancribing the president’s remarks on Wednesday.
This came after a large number of Nigerians reported Buhari’s Twitter account for equating the remark with comments made by former US President Donald Trump, prompting his removal from the social media platform.
Twitter, on the other hand, explained why it was unable to block the President’s account.
It dragged the particular tweet down.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s communications minister, Lai Mohammed, has accused Twitter of not being explicit about its standards for removing posts, hinting that the US firm has a long history of bias against the Nigerian government.
“The mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very very suspect,” Mohammed said.
“Has Twitter deleted the violent tweets that Nnamdi Kanu has been sending? The same Twitter that was funding #ENDSARS protesters… When people were burning Police stations and killing policemen, for Twitter it was about the right to protest. But when a similar thing happened at the [US] Capitol, it became an insurrection.
Twitter’s mission in Nigeria, citing those two examples, is very suspect. What is their agenda?”, He added