Nigeria Announces It Is Banning Twitter on Twitter
Nigeria has suspended Twitter’s activities in the country, according to a statement on the social media platform. The African nation’s decision to spread the news via social media may raise some eyebrows.
The statement was made on Friday by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. The action comes after Twitter removed a message from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this week.
Buhari’s tweet on Tuesday addressed Nigerians in the country’s southeast, whom the government accuses of attacking infrastructure, and appeared to allude to the country’s horrific civil war, which lasted from 1967 to 1970.
The Federal Government has halted the microblogging and social networking site Twitter’s activities in Nigeria indefinitely, according to a statement from the Ministry of Information.
“In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension, citing the platform’s continued usage for activities that threaten Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
“The Federal Government has also asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria as soon as possible,” the Minister added.
RELEASE TO THE PRESS
Nigeria’s @Twitter operations have been suspended by the Federal Government (FG) pic.twitter.com/7z5BQ0Mi3U
— Federal Minister of Information and Communications (@FMICNigeria) on June 4, 2021
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the carnage and loss of life that transpired during the Nigerian Civil War,” Buhari wrote in the post that Twitter removed. Those of us who spent 30 months in the fields and lived through the conflict will speak to them in their own language.”
Buhari is a retired army major general who served as Nigeria’s president from 1983 to 1985 after a coup. He was elected and sworn in as President of Nigeria in 2014.
In May 1967, an area in Nigeria’s eastern area called itself the Republic of Biafra and attempted to separate from the country. An estimated one to three million people were killed in the war that followed the country’s secession, with the Igbo group being particularly hard hit.
Following demand from several Nigerian users to remove the message, Twitter took it down and suspended Buhari’s account for 12 hours, putting it in read-only status. This is a condensed version of the information.