Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says Twitter is the social media platform of choice for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to “destabilize Nigeria”.
The minister, while defending the Federal Government’s Twitter ban made this known on Monday evening during an interview with BBC News Africa, maintained that the regime won’t allow any separatist set the country on fire.
Lai Mohammed clearly stated that “Twitter is actually the platform of choice for the separatist leader who resides outside Nigeria but issues directives for his members to attack the symbols of authority such as policemen, soldiers, correctional centres, electoral offices and this has been done willfully and consistently without consequences using always the Twitter platform.”
NATURENEX.NET had earlier reported that the Federal Government, last week, suspended Twitter after the micro-blogging platform deleted a controversial civil war post by the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed accused Twitter of double standards for sparing Kanu’s tweets yet clamped down on his principal.
The San Francisco-based social media giant subsequently deleted a tweet by Kanu with intimidating words that reads “any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive even if it means sacrificing my people”. The IPOB leader has over 100,000 followers on Twitter.
The Buhari regime has since come under fire for what many termed as a restriction of the right of expression. The international community have since knocked the Buhari regime for the action but the Federal Government has been obstinate in its perspective.