A presidential source has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had wanted to ban both Twitter and Facebook at once.
Recall that on Friday, it was announced that Twitter’s operations have been banned in Nigeria.
The announcement was made by the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a statement.
Buhari had on Wednesday been dealt with a major blow as Twitter deleted one of his controversial tweets.
It all started after the President had met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who had briefed him on all that has been going on in the country.
Buhari after the meeting held at the First Lady Conference room, promised to meet all the demands of the commission for the 2023 elections.
The president also reacted to the attacks plaguing the INEC facilities.
Buhari vowed that these attacks would not stop in 2023 or any election.
“I receive daily security reports on the attacks on critical national infrastructure, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time,” Buhari’s statement on Twitter had read.
He continued, “I received a briefing today from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of attacks on their facilities nationwide. These attacks are totally unacceptable, and we will not allow those behind them to achieve their evil objectives.
“I have assured INEC that we will make available to them everything they need to operate efficiently, so that no one will say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We will meet all of INEC’s demands.”
President Buhari also noted that the Service Chiefs and Inspector-General of Police have been changed and called on them to rise fully to the challenges confronting the nation.
“There must be zero tolerance for all those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection!” Buhari said.
There was, however, an aspect of Buhari’s tweets that got most people riled up.
The President had said those “Misbehaving” today are not aware of the destruction that occurred during the civil war. He threatened to “treat them in the language they understand”
In his words, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
So many Nigerians were riled up with the president’s last statement as they concluded that Buhari is as good as declaring another civil war on the Igbos.
They had in turn reported the tweet calling on Twitter to take action.
Hours later, the social media giant, deleted Buhari’s tweet which referred to the Biafran war of 1967-1970 wherein many lives were lost.
A comment by Twitter stated, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
Just like Twitter, another social media platform, Facebook had also deleted Buhari’s ‘genocidal post.
“In line with our global policies, we’ve removed a post from President Buhari’s Facebook page for violating our Community Standards against inciting violence. We remove any content, from individuals or organizations that violate our policies on Facebook,” Facebook had explained.
According to a report by, President Buhari had been angered by the action of Facebook and Twitter and had decided to suspend the two social media platforms.
A presidential source who spoke with the news agency said the removal of the president’s posts on the social media platforms was “embarrassing.”
The source explained that the president planned to shut down both platforms but his aides advised against it.
The aides had reportedly said if he shuts down Facebook it will be obvious that it was because of his deleted posts.
“He was furious and wanted to deal with both Twitter and Facebook. The action [the social media companies] took was embarrassing to the president,” Daily Beast quoted the official in the president’s office to have said.
“The action taken by Facebook ultimately triggered the ban on Twitter even though Facebook wasn’t affected, things could change in the near future,” another official also reportedly said.
The news agency further stated in its report that the president’s action indicated that the “Nigerian leader will do anything in his power to satisfy his ego. Even if it means restricting access to a platform many rely on financially, in a country with a 33 percent unemployment rate—the second highest in the world.”
Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting Commission has directed all broadcast stations in the country should immediately suspend their use of Twitter.
According to the directive, each of the broadcast stations has to suspend their Twitter handles.
NBC directed that broadcast stations in the country should “de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”
The directive was made by the acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba on Monday in a statement.
The statement titled “Suspend Twitter handles,” reads, “Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.
“In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially phone-in.
“Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules, and regulations. Also, Section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than crime and anarchy.
“Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user-generated content (UGC).
“Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronize the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined.”
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