Lai Mohammed Slams Twitter For Deleting Buhari’s Tweet


We Are Suspecting Twitter’s Role In Biafra Agitation, Says FG
The Federal Government says it’s suspecting the activities
of the social media giant, Twitter, following its decision to
delete President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet referencing
the civil war.
Buhari had in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter
handle, @Mbuhari, tweeted: “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.”
Following several complaints, Twitter deleted the tweet,
stating: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
Reacting to the development, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, accused Twitter of
double standard.
Mohammed said the social media giant has conveniently
ignored inciting tweets by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and his
He said Twitter ignored Kalu’s remarks that encouraged
the killing of Police personnel and the show of similar
biases during the ENDSARS protest where government
and private properties were looted and set on fire,
considering it human rights.
Mohammed, who wondered why the organization now
found President Buhari’s tweet offensive, said Twitter’s
role is suspect and Nigeria will not be fooled.
He 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.
“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? Are we 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.”