The Minister of Information of Nigeria Lai Mohammed announced a blocking of Twitter “until a later date” due to “persistent use of the platform for activities capable of damaging” the country.
On June 1, Twitter removed a tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for violating the rules that cited the 1967-1970 civil war, the so-called Biafra War, and probably referred to the recent attacks on polling stations and police stations in the south. east of the country: “Many of those who misbehave today are too young to know about the destruction and loss of life that occurred during the Nigerian civil war. Those of us who faced it for thirty months, who went to war, will treat them so that they understand. ‘
In announcing the Twitter block, Mohammed did not refer to the deletion of the tweet, but had previously criticized the social network’s decision, accusing it of not being impartial. It didn’t even explain how Twitter harms Nigeria, but it is likely that the government did not appreciate the role played by the platform during last year’s police violence protests: the demonstrations, in fact, were organized on Twitter using the hashtag EndSARS and Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the social network, had made donations to the main groups that organized them; in addition, Twitter had created a special emoji for tweets dedicated to the protests.