Aisha Buhari Backs Husband’s Attempt To Repress Free Speech, Deletes Twitter Account

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari has deactivate her Twitter page.

The first lady of Nigeria made the announcement before deactivating it on Friday night.

This comes few hours after the government of her husband, a former military dictator, announced a ban on Twitter in Nigeria. The ban has been declared illegal by the Nigerian Bar Association and foremost constitutional lawyers.

In any case, the ban is not unconnected with President Buhari’s controversial tweet that was deleted by the management of Twitter on Tuesday.

Twitter adjudged the post by Mr. Buhari to be offensive. In the said tweet, the President of Nigeria had threatened the Igbos, in the Eastern part of the country, with another civil war. Three million Igbos, mainly children and women, had perished in the civil war that lasted from 1967-1970.

Many outraged Nigerians reported the tweet to Twitter and it was eventually deleted.

The Buhari government promptly responded with a ban. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed announced the indefinite suspension earlier on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

Few hours later, Aisha tweeted, “I will be deactivating my Twitter account for now.

“Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

President Buhari had, as a military dictator in 1984, censored Free Press with a noxious Decree No. 4.

Two Nigerian journalists were sent to jail under the Press decree, which purported to bar publication of “false statements likely to bring the government or officials into ridicule or disrepute.”

The two, Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor of the independent Guardian newspaper, served a total of almost 11 months, including time spent awaiting trial.

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