Hours after the Nigerian government ordered telecommunication companies and internet service providers in the country to block access to Twitter, the microblogging site via its Public Policy handle said it’s deeply concerned by the blocking of its platform in Nigeria.
In his reaction to the unrest in the southeast, the president made reference to the 1967 civil war and also threatened to deal with secessionist agitators ‘in the language they understand.’
Buhari had tweeted,
“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.”
Following widespread complaints about the tweet, Twitter took down Buhari’s tweet, saying it violated its rules.
This subsequently led to the suspension of the social media platform on Friday, as Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” as the reason for suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Reacting to its indefinite suspension, the social media giant said access to the free and open internet is an essential human right in modern society.