Twitter has suspended a twitter account belonging to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, citing that the post violated its abusive behavior policy.
Buhari will have to spend a 12-hour suspension.
Twitter further deleted a post by Buhari threatening punishment for regional secessionists blamed for attacks on government buildings.
“Many of those misbehaving are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss that occurred during the Nigerian Civil. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war will treat them in the language they understand,” tweeted Buhari.
Buhari sent this message after receiving reports of attacks on Inec and its facilities.
In the latest attack in early May, gunmen killed atlesst seven Nigerian police officers in the southern oil hub of Rivers State amid a deteriorating security situation in the region.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Information Minister Mohammed Lai criticized Twitter’s action, saying Buhari had every right to express dismay at violence by a banned organisation.
“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,” said Lai