The federal government has reacted to social media giant, Twitter removing President Buhari’s tweet in which he said he’d treat those who are “too young to understand what occurred during the Nigerian Civil War in the language they understand.”
The social media giant which deleted the tweet, wrote ” “this Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
Reacting to this, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed was dismissive of Twitter’s action and stated that Buhari had every right to express dismay at violence by a banned organisation.
“Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr. President, anywhere in the world feels very bad and concern about a situation, he is free to express such views. Now, we should stop comparing apples with oranges. If an organisation is proscribed, it is different from any other which is not proscribed.
“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? We are the ones guilty of double standards.
“I don’t see anywhere in the world where an organisation, a person will stay somewhere outside Nigeria, and will direct his members to attack the symbols of authority, the police, the military, especially when that organisation has been proscribed. By whatever name, you can’t justify giving orders to kill policemen or to kill anybody you do not agree with.”