The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reacted to the deletion of President Buhari’s “controversial” tweet. In his response, Lai Mohammed stated that Twitter’s mission in the country is suspicious, he further accused the social networking platform of being hypocritical, sighting the micro-blogging platform’s support for the #ENDSARS protest, and silence over the violence that occurred during the protest.
President Buhari made a “controversial” tweet about the civil war which has spurred numerous backlash from Nigerians. The tweet read,
“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”.
Twitter has now deleted the tweet as it goes against the rules of the platform. The social networking platform has well-established rules against violence, terrorism, abuse/harassment, hateful conduct, sensitive media.
Recall that former US President, Donald Trump’s twitter account was suspended following a violation of Twitter’s Rules.
The Civil War between Nigeria and the Republic of Biafra which was established by Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu and other non-Igbo representatives of the area, broke out in July, 1967. Nigeria’ superior military suppressed the Biafran territory, stopping supply of food to the region which led to hunger, starvation and death.
Nigerian forces on January 11, 1970 captured the provincial capital of Owerri, one of the last forts of Biafra and they surrendered four days later.