– The federal government does not agree with Twitter’s policy, accusing the social media company of allowing inciting statement against the government
– The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, suggested that Twitter’s rule infringed on Buhari’s freedom to express himself on issues in Nigeria
– The social media company has a rule of taking down tweets which considered threatening or have violated its policy
The federal government criticised social media giant, Twitter, for deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari which warned of strong actions against secessionists.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, June 2, said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled, The Punch reported.
He accused the social media giant of bias on issues concerning Nigeria’s domestic affairs.
According to Mohammed, the president has the right to express his idea on the current security challenges.
The Nation reported that the minister accused of double standards, faulting the social media giant for allegedly ignoring inciting tweets by the secessionist groups against Nigeria.
He said stated:
”Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr. President, anywhere in the world feels very bad and concerned about a situation, he is free to express such views.
“Two, any organisation that gives directives to its members, to attack police stations, to kill policemen, to attack correctional centres, to kill warders, and you are now saying that Mr. President does not have the right to express his dismay and anger about that? They are the ones guilty of double standards.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has given assurance his administration will make available to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) everything it needs to operate efficiently to allay the fears of his alleged third term plans.
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The president said this in a statement released shortly after meeting with the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, at the State House on Tuesday, June 1.
He also sent a strong message to those behind the attacks on INEC offices and other public facilities, saying they “will soon have the shock of their lives.