- The federal government does not agree with Twitter's policy, accusing the social media company of being biased towards the Nigerian president
- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, suggested that Twitter’s rule infringed on Buhari’s freedom to express himself on issues in Nigeria
- The social media company has a policy of deleting controversial tweets, especially those that are considered threatening
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, June 2, accused the microblogging site of bias on issues concerning Nigeria’s domestic affairs.
He said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled, The Punch reported.
Mohammed argued that the president has the right to express his idea on the current security challenges in the country.
FG accused Twitter of double standards
The Nation reported that the minister claimed that Twitter is guilty of double standards, faulting the company for allegedly ignoring inciting tweets by secessionist groups against Nigeria.
''Twitter may have its own rules; it’s not the universal rule. If Mr. President, anywhere in the world feels very bad and concerned about a situation, he is free to express such views.
“Two, any organisation that gives directives to its members, to attack police stations, to kill policemen, to attack correctional centres, to kill warders, and you are now saying that Mr. President does not have the right to express his dismay and anger about that? They are the ones guilty of double standards.''
The minister alleged that the microblogging site also displayed the same bias during the #ENDSARS protest when government and private properties were either looted or destroyed.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has given assurance his administration will make available to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) everything it needs to operate efficiently to allay the fears of his alleged third-term plans.
The president said this in a statement released shortly after meeting with the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, at the State House on Tuesday, June 1.
He also sent a strong message to those behind the attacks on INEC offices and other public facilities, saying they "will soon have the shock of their lives.