Twitter has removed President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet on the separatist movement. The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohamed, said on Friday that government officials had decided to suspend Twitter’s services.
Lagos. The Nigerian government has suspended Twitter services across the country indefinitely, leaving millions of people unable to access Twitter. Nigeria’s communications services organization The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators said in a statement that its members had suspended Twitter’s services in accordance with government directives. In fact, on Friday, the Nigerian government said that it was blocking the services of the ‘microblogging site’ after Twitter removed President Mohammadu Buhari’s tweet on the separatist movement. The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohamed, said on Friday that government officials have decided to suspend Twitter’s services because the platform is being used “for activities that have the potential to undermine Nigeria’s corporate existence.” She criticized Twitter for removing the president’s post, saying “Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is questionable” and that Twitter had previously ignored inflammatory tweets against the country’s government.
Significantly, in recent months, the Biafra separatist organization has been accused of attacking police stations and government buildings. The President’s tweet was related to this. In the tweet, Buhari said that the separatists will be treated “in the way they understand.” Twitter removed Buhari’s post on Wednesday, calling it objectionable. The government’s decision to shut down Twitter’s services is getting a lot of criticism. International human rights organization Amnesty International said it condemns the Nigerian government’s decision to block social media that the country’s people use to protect their rights, including freedom of expression and access to information. “We call on the Nigerian authorities to immediately lift the illegal blockade, abandon plans to control the media, and stop the human rights abuses of the people of the country,” Amnesty said in a statement. That the Constitution of the country gives the right to freedom of expression. Amidst all this, Twitter said in its response that it is deeply concerned about the action of the government. Also said that free and open internet is an essential human right in the modern era. It is estimated that 40 million people use Twitter in the country.
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