Twitter removes video carrying Buhari’s ‘civil war’ comments

Muhammadu Buhari

Twitter has deleted a video which showed President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to deal with youths destroying public property and calling for secession in the south-east.

The social media giant said the video violated its rules or “may be in response to a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity in a given country.”

The video had been posted on the official handle of the Presidency @NGRPresident where Buhari warned that ‘rude shock’ awaits unpatriotic elements promoting insurrection and burning critical national assets across the country.

In the video, Buhari noted the role he played alongside other Nigerian military officers in the civil war of 1966-70 against Biafrans.

The removal of the video followed part of a Twitter thread of the president’s comments which was taken down by the app on Wednesday following outcry.

Minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed on Wednesday accused Twitter of double standards.

“Has Twitter deleted the violent tweets that Nnamdi Kanu has been sending? The same Twitter that was funding #ENDSARS protesters… When people were burning Police stations and killing policemen, for Twitter it was about the right to protest. But when a similar thing happened at the [US] Capitol, it became an insurrection.

“Twitter’s mission in Nigeria, citing those two examples, is very suspect. What is their agenda?” he asked.