Since the Nigerian government caught wind of the power that exists in congregation on social media, they’ve made many weak cases for it to be taken away from its citizens. These cries became even louder after the #EndSARS protests when young people mobilized on social media in ways they could not understand.
On the 1st of June, President Muhammadu Buhari sent a series of tweets threatening eastern Nigerians who questioned the increased military presence prior to, and on Biafra Remembrance Day. The tweet referred to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.
Twitter removed one of president Buhari’s tweets in a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said the post “was in violation of the Twitter Rules. The account owner will be required to delete the violative Tweet and spend 12 hours with their account in read-only mode.”
Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Muhammed, held a press conference stating Twitter’s role in Nigeria is suspicious, labelling it “double standards.” In a series of tweets sent out by the official account of the ministry for information, it stated that the Nigerian government has formally suspended Twitter operations and is beginning licensing of social media operations in Nigeria. The statement gave very few details, Nigerians will be expecting some more clarity on this matter.