The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says
Twitter has rejected the federal government’s request to delete the account of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Minister disclosed this on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme.
He said it was unfair to conclude that Twitter was suspended in the country because President Muhammadu Buhari’s message was deleted.
He accused Twitter of consistently offering its platform to promote agenda that were inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria, adding that the government was unambiguous that the action was taken because the platform was being used to promote the views of those who wanted to destabilise the clime.
“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter.
“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run-down INEC offices and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.
“Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken serious,’’ he said.
Recall that Twitter had last week deleted a tweet by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The microblogging site also deleted an alleged genocidal tweet by President Buhari, leading to the ban of the social media platform in Nigeria.