Former U.S. President Donald Trump has applauded the Nigerian government for suspending Twitter operations after deleting a message from the country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, while calling on other countries to follow in his footsteps and block Twitter and Facebook operations.
“Congratulations to Nigeria, which has banned Twitter because they banned their president,” he said in a statement. “More countries should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open discourse. All voices must be heard,” he has said through a statement.
“Meanwhile, competitors will emerge and settle. Who are they to say what is good and bad if they themselves are bad?” wondered the former president, who has seen his accounts closed in several social networks after the assault against the Capitol in January.
In this regard, Trump has stressed that the closure of these social networks is a decision that “perhaps” he should have taken when he was president. “However, (Facebook CEO Mark) Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner and telling me how great I am. 2024?” he remarked, referring to his possible candidacy for the US elections that year.
Facebook decided last week to suspend Trump’s account on this social network and Instagram for two years. This was not the only veto he suffered, as he was also banned from Twitter, a social network he used before and after reaching the White House to expand the reach of his message.
For its part, the Nigerian government announced on Friday the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations after the company deleted for allegedly inciting violence a post by Buhari in which he warned those responsible for riots to respond to them “in their own language.”
“Many of those misbehaving are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of life that took place during Nigeria’s civil war. Those of us who were in the camps 30 months, who suffered the war, will deal with them in a language they understand,” Buhari said in a series of messages on his account.
Twitter deleted the message, considering that Buhari had violated the rules of use of the social network, after being alerted by several users who denounced it as a threat and even a declaration of war.