The federal government of Nigeria accused Twitter of double standards and pandering to separatists who want to create a Biafra state for deleting the message of the President Mohammadu Buhari on Wednesday, June 2. This was reported by the African news portal Sahara Reporters.
In recent weeks, separatists in southeastern Nigeria have carried out a series of attacks on police stations and government buildings. These attacks were accompanied by killings of police and soldiers. In addition, leaders of the separatist organization Indigenous Peoples of Biafra called on residents of southern Nigeria to stop working for one day in memory of the victims of the civil war, which was perceived by federal authorities as an attempt to revive separatist sentiment.
In a statement on social media, Buhari threatened the separatists with punishment. The reason for the removal was the head of state’s reference to the civil war in southeastern Nigeria in 1967-1970, which began after the separatists rebelled and proclaimed the state of Biafra. More than 1 million people died in the war.
“Many of those who misbehave today are too young to realize the destruction and loss of life that occurred during Nigeria’s civil war. Those of us who have been through the war will treat them in a language they understand,” Buhari wrote.
In its explanation, the company pointed out that the Nigerian president violated Twitter’s policy on “offensive behavior.” As a result, the message was deleted and the account of the head of state was blocked for 12 hours.
On May 7, Twitter blocked the account for copying statements from former U.S. President Donald Trump’s website. According to Trump spokesman Jason Miller, the account was not created by or with the permission of individuals affiliated with the former president.