Twitter deletes Buhari’s ‘civil war’ post

Muhammadu Buhari

Twitter has deleted a Tuesday post by President Muhammadu Buhari which made reference to the Nigerian civil war from 1967 to 1970.

The social media giant’s bold move followed outcry which greeted the president’s tweet.

The controversial part of Buhari’s tweets had read, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

The president was addressing those calling for insurrection across the country and those setting public buildings such as those of the Independent National Electoral Commission and police stations on fire.

On Wednesday, Twitter took down the tweet, saying it violated its rules.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules,” it said.

The social media giant had earlier in the year banned former US President Donald Trump for his inciting comments which led to the attack on the US Congress.