The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, explained Sunday that the suspension of the activities of the social network Twitter in the African country is temporary and is due to the spread of false information through its service.
“There has been a real string of problems with this platform in Nigeria, where disinformation and fake news have spread despite the violent consequences they have had in the real world. In the meantime, the company has shirked all responsibility,” the president said in a post published on Facebook.
The Nigerian government announced on Friday the suspension of Twitter in the country after the company deleted for allegedly inciting violence a publication of the president in which he warned those responsible for riots to respond to them “in their own language”.
In this regard, Buhari described the removal of his message as “disappointing” and an example of “censorship based on a lack of understanding of the challenges facing Nigeria today,” particularly following the latest wave of attacks on police stations in the south of the country, which are blamed on the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“The tweet was not a threat, but a statement of fact. A terrorist organization (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the security of Nigerian citizens,” the presidential statement said. The president merely reiterated that his force will be met with force,” as a “basic tenet of the response of security services around the world.”
“This is not a promotion of hatred, but a promise to defend the right of citizens to be free from harm. The Government cannot be expected to capitulate to terrorists. IPOB is prohibited by Nigerian law,” the note concludes.