Twitter suspends account of Nigerian president for ‘abusive behavior’ – New York Post

Twitter has temporarily suspended Nigeria’s president from the site over complaints that he had threatened genocide against rebels.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday warned insurrectionists that they were in for a “rude shock” — then tweeted a message referring to the 1967-70 civil war that killed 1 million people.

“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,” he tweeted.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he wrote in what was taken as a warning of a fierce crackdown on rising violence in the southeast.

Twitter confirmed to Reuters that Buhari’s message was removed for violating its “abusive behavior” policy, also leading to a 12-hour suspension of his account.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R), and President Muhammadu Buhar
President Donald Trump meets with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018.
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The People’s Gazette said the suspension came after it contacted the social media giant about the messages, which it insisted were threatening genocide against the people of the Igbo-dominated southeast.

Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed was dismissive of Twitter’s action.

“Twitter may have its own rules, it’s not the universal rule,” he told reporters. “If Mr. President anywhere in the world feels very bad and concerned about a situation, he is free to express such views.”

Buhari tweet
Buhari’s tweet

Nigeria has seen a spate of arson attacks on electoral offices and police stations in recent weeks, especially in the southeast. Officers have also been killed.

Authorities have blamed a banned separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, which has repeatedly denied involvement.

With Post wires

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