The Nigerian government has “indefinitely suspended” Twitter’s operations in the country after the American social media company deleted a Muhammadu Buhari’s President tweet. The statement was posted on the ministry’s official Twitter handle on Friday evening. The Nigerian leader threatened to deal with people in the country’s southeast, who he blames for the recurring attacks on public infrastructure in the region. “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,” Buhari wrote in the now-deleted tweet, referring to the brutal two-year Nigeria-Biafra war.
Many Nigerians flagged the message at Twitter. Information Minister Lai Mohammed criticized Twitter’s action and accused the social media giant of “double standards.” He said the government had acted because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. Twitter’s website and app continued to work in Nigeria’s capital Abuja and commercial hub Lagos on Friday. On Wednesday, the Twitter said Buhari’s post threatening to punish groups blamed for attacks on government buildings had violated its “abusive behaviour” policy.