Nigeria suspends Twitter indefinitely after the site deleted a tweet from its president
The Nigerian government suspended all Twitter operations in the country today Friday June 4th,2021.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian minister of information and culture, said the decision stemmed from citizens using the platform for activities “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” according to a press release.
The move follows Twitter’s decision to remove a post by Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish those responsible for recent attacks on electoral offices and police stations, and referenced the country’s 1960s civil war that killed 1 million people, Reuters reported.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” Buhari said in a tweet before Twitter removed the post for violating its “abusive behavior” policy.