The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has blasted social media platform, Twitter, for deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He accused Twitter of playing double standards on issues involving Nigeria’s domestic matters, adding that the social media platform’s role in Nigeria is suspicious.
FirstNews reported that Twitter had deleted tweets by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reminiscing experiences during the civil war in Nigeria and vowing to deal with secessionists in the South-East region with the language they understand.
But in his response to the development, Mohammed said that Twitter had not been fair to Nigeria.
He accused Twitter of conveniently ignoring inciting tweets by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and his cohorts.
He also frowned that the social media platform, which allegedly supported #ENDSARS protest, which hoodlums hijacked to loot and set on fire, government and private properties, all in the name of right to protest, found the President’s tweets offensive.
Mohammed said, “Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr President, anywhere in the world feels very bad and concerned 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? We 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.”