The famous microblogging platform has removed “inciting” statements by Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group fighting for the Republic of Biafra, over 24 hours after the Nigerian government deemed Twitter’s activities unlawful.
The IPOB commander threatened to terrorize Nigerian soldiers stationed in the southeast in a provocative tweet. In addition, he used pejorative terms to disparage certain government leaders.
“It is not for the living to respond to the dead, but considering the lack of logic common in the #Zoo Nigeria, I wanted to reassure @GarShehu (Garba Shehu), @elrufai (Nasir El-Rufai), and that Fulani lapdog Femi Adesina.
Mr. El-Rufai is the current Governor of Kaduna State and a member of Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC. Messrs Adesina and Shehu are both presidential aides, while Mr. El-Rufai is the current Governor of Kaduna State and a member of Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC.
The tweet was removed from Twitter on Saturday after it was found to be in violation of the platform’s guidelines.
The deletion came a day after the Nigerian government halted Twitter’s operations, accusing the company of harming the country’s corporate survival.
Nigeria’s communications minister, Lai Mohammed, announced the ban on Friday and instructed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licensing social media services in Nigeria immediately.