Twitter has deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s offensive tweet, in which he invariably threatened the Igbos in the Southeast of Nigeria with another genocide.
The reckless tweet, which was posted on Tuesday, read in part, “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.”
Mr. Buhari made the unpresidential threat after a security briefing about the attacks on facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the South East, categorically threatened to deal with those who, according to him, want to destroy his government.
The tweet sparked a wave of outrage among many Nigerians who felt Buhari’s comments were insensitive, especially when he has been silent on violent northern elements who cause trouble in the country.
They reported the tweet and also called for the suspension of the President’s account by the management of Twitter.
The Social Media giant therefore deleted the comment by the President. Twitter stated, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.
As at the time of filing this report, it was still unclear if the Nigerian leader may also be locked out of his account for 24 hours and if he faces a temporary suspension for the offensive tweet.
Twitter had earlier in the year banned then United States President, Donald Trump, for his inciting comments which led to the attack on the US Congress.