Social media giant, Twitter, has been accused of double standards for deleting a controversial post by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Biafran war that led to the loss of millions of lives.
VANTAGE NEWS had reported that Buhari, in a tweet on Tuesday, threatened to repeat actions of the Biafra civil war over rising insecurity in the Southeast region.
“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 tweeted.
Following complaints, Twitter deleted the tweet, stating “This tweet violated the Twitter rules.”
Reacting after the tweet was deleted, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, that Twitter had been ignoring inciting tweets by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
He also said twitter ignored similar tweets during the #EndSARS protest in the country.
Mohammed said, “Twitter may have its own rules, they are not the universal rules. 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?
“They 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.”