The Nigerian Presidential aide Garba Shehu has stated that the temporary suspension of Twitter in the country is not only due to the removal of the president’s tweet, but to misinformation and fake news that can cause chaos in Nigeria.
The microblogging site on Thursday, June 3, deleted the tweet posted by President Buhari referring to the Civil War.
On Friday, June 4, the presidency announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter.
In a statement issued Saturday night June 5,
“The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the president from office. There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had consequences. violent in the real world.Meanwhile, the company has escaped responsibility.
However, the removal of President Buhari’s tweet was disappointing. The censorship appeared to be based on a misunderstanding of the challenges Nigeria faces today.
The president in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA in 2019, said that “the world was shocked and shocked by the massacre in New Zealand by a lone gunman who took the lives of 50 worshipers.”
This and other similar crimes that have been fueled by social media run the risk of seeping into the fabric of an emerging digital culture.
Top technology companies must be vigilant about their responsibilities. They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting entire communities against each other, resulting in the loss of many lives. This could destroy some countries.
Thus, President Buhari has been warning against the disruptive and divisive influences of social media and the government’s action is not a knee-jerk reaction to Twitter’s absurd removal of his tweet, which should have been read in its entirety.
The tweet was not a threat, but a statement of fact.
A terrorist organization (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the security of Nigerian citizens.
When the president said they will be treated “in a language they understand,” he simply reiterated that his force will meet force. It is a basic principle of the response of security services around the world.
This is not a promotion of hatred, but a promise to defend the right of citizens to be harmless. The government cannot be expected to capitulate to terrorists.
IPOB is prohibited by Nigerian law. Its members murder innocent Nigerians. They kill policemen and burn government property. Now, they have amassed a substantial arsenal of weapons and bombs across the country.
Twitter doesn’t seem to appreciate the national trauma of our country’s civil war. This government will not allow that tragedy to be repeated ”.