Probably in a bid to placate the Nigerian government, microblogging company Twitter has deleted controversy post by Nnamdu Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The deleted post, which was made on Kanu’s Twitter handle on June 2, was no longer available as of Saturday evening.
The deleted post was a direct response to the federal government’s decision to take action regarding attacks on public buildings in the south-east, which have led to the killing of several security operatives. Ok thanks
In the post, Kanu had threatened government officials and said “any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive even if it means sacrificing my people”. The deletion of the tweet came hours after the federal government suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the minister for information Lai Mohammed on friday, announced, the decision to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria because the platform promoted activities capable of “undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The federal government’s suspension also came days after Twitter deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Civil War experience.
In the post, Buhari had cited a reference to the “Civil War”and said those responsible for attacks will be “treated in a language they understand”.
However, in a statement issued yesterday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, hesaid the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria goes beyond the deletion of the president’s post, adding that the restriction of the social networking service is part of efforts to curb “violent attacks” as a result of fake news on social media.