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Twitter deletes Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Biafra’ post for violating rules

Social media giant Twitter has wielded its big stick on the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as the microblogging platform deleted a ‘Biafra’ post by the self-acclaimed IPOB leader for violating its rules.

In the tweet, Kanu had threatened government officials, saying, “any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive even if it means sacrificing my people”.

He tweeted the post on June 2 but it was no longer available as of Saturday evening.

Twitter had come under fire for deleting a civil war post by the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

“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,” Buhari had said and tweeted while condemning attacks on police stations, prisons and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, especially in the South-East.

The President’s tweet rattled some persons who felt he was insensitive to have made an analogy of the civil war. His critics subsequently reported the tweet to Twitter and the microblogging site later deleted the post with a comment, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.

Daniel Bwala, a lawyer and member of the President’s party, the All Progressives Congress, had said Twitter deleted Buhari’s post out of malice but failed to delete the inciting posts of Kanu.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had also accused Twitter of double standards. He later announced the suspension of Twitter on Friday, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

Mobile network operators also said they received a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission to block access to Twitter in the country following the suspension by the government.

Also, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), ordered the prosecution of violators of the Twitter ban.

Nigeria, with over 200 million people, had about 33 million active social media users as of January 2021. WhatsApp is the most popular platform used in the country, with over 90 million users according to Statista. According to Statista, about 61.4 per cent of Nigerian social media users use Twitter, 86.2 per cent use Facebook, 81.6 per cent use YouTube, 73.1 per cent use Instagram, and 67.2 per cent use Facebook Messenger.

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