Twitter has deleted a tweet by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, for violating its rules.
In the tweets which he made on June 2, the exiled secessionist apologist had threatened government officials and said “any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive even if it means sacrificing my people”.
The removal of Kanu,’s tweet comes after the Federal government criticized the micro-blogging site of deleting President Buhari’s tweet making reference to the civil war while leaving tweets of Nnamdi Kanu inciting violence to government institutions.
On Friday, Segun Adeyemi, the media aide to the Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter for being a threat to national security. The suspension was greeted with scathing criticism by many Nigerians and the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada and many others.
The US government said that it sent a wrong message to would be investors and called for an immediate reversal of the ban.
Some Nigerians have downloaded a virtual private network (VPN) which has enabled them to still access Twitter leading to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to call for their arrest yesterday, June 5.