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PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON TWITTER SUSPENSION IN NIGERIA ®™√ INN Nigeria ©

Jun 5, 2021
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The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post. There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real-world violent consequences.

All the while, the company has escaped
accountability. Nevertheless, the removal of President Buhari’s tweet was disappointing. The censoring seemed based on a misunderstanding of the challenges Nigeria faces today.

The President in his address at the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA in 2019 said “the world was shocked and startled by the
massacre in New Zealand by a lone gunman taking the lives of 50 Worshippers.

This and similar crimes which have been fuelled by social media networks risk seeping into the fabric of an emerging digital culture.
Major tech companies must be alive to their responsibilities.

They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to the loss of many lives. This
could tear some countries apart.

President Buhari has therefore been warning against social media’s disruptive and divisive influences and the government’s action is not
a knee-jerk reaction to Twitter’s preposterous deletion of his tweet which should have been read in full.

The tweet was not a threat, but a statement of fact. A terrorist organisation (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the safety and security of Nigerian citizens. When the President said that they will be treated “in a language they understand,” he merely reiterated that their force shall be met with force.

It is a basic principle of security services response the world over. This is not the promotion of hate, but a pledge to uphold citizens’ right to freedom from harm. The government cannot be expected to capitulate to terrorists.
IPOB is proscribed under Nigerian law. Its members murder innocent Nigerians.

They kill policemen and set government property on fire. Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.

The tweet was not a threat, but a statement of fact. A terrorist organisation (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the safety and security of Nigerian citizens. When the President said that they will be treated in a language they
understand” he merely reiterated that their force shall be met with force.

It is a basic principle of security services response world over. This is not promotion of hate, but a pledge to uphold citizens’ right to
freedom from harm. The government cannot be expected to capitulate to terrorists.

IPOB is proscribed under Nigerian law. Its members murder innocent Nigerians. They kill policemen and set government property on fire. Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.

Twitter does not seem to appreciate the national trauma of our country’s civil war. This government shall not allow a recurrence of that tragedy.

One thought on “PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON TWITTER SUSPENSION IN NIGERIA ®™√ INN Nigeria ©”
  1. Your publication supports the shut down of a social media platform because a statement made by the President of your country which contravenes its terms and conditions was pulled down and you make bold to defend that.
    It appears you do not know the gravity of what your government has just done, gagging of public voice which you also belong to, even though you support a particular party with your voice. Remember your party would not be in power forever, you have no moral right if another government shuts your publication down for a write up that does not go down well with them because you just supported the same.
    I wish you good luck!

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