Following a public condemnation, social media giant, Twitter, deleted a controversial post by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on the Biafra war which led to the killings of more than three million Igbos.
Vantage News earlier reported a post on Tuesday by @MBuhari which read in part, “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.”
The president’s statement ignited a massive backlash as many Nigerians felt Buhari’s comments were insensitive particularly as his administration had not spoken hard on northern elements who cause trouble in the country
However, the President’s supporters, led by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, who came to prominence through activism, defended Buhari’s tweet.
Following several complaints, Twitter eventually bowed to pressure, deleting the tweet.
A comment by Twitter stated, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
This is not the first time a world leader would be facing twitter’s wrath for violating its policy.
Recall that the social media giant had earlier in the year banned former United States President, Donald Trump, for his inciting comments on his handle.