World’s largest micro blogging website, Twitter has deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet where he threatened to deal with Nigerians misbehaving in the language that they understand.
President Buhari had in a tweet shared on Tuesday, evoked Nigeria’s civil war experience which was fought between 1967 and 1970, and noted that most of those “misbehaving” by burning electoral offices were maybe too young to understand the gravity of war.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he said in the now-deleted tweet.
The tweet had widespread condemnations, with many Nigerians criticising the president especially for making reference to the civil war in which millions of Igbos were killed.
Some Nigerians called on Twitter to suspend his account, claiming the president’s tweet “expresses intentions of self-harm or suicide”, as stated on Twitter’s usage policy.
However, Twitter on Wednesday deleted the offensive tweet.
The eastern part of the country has been under siege as unknown gunmen have been burning government buildings and attacking police stations. INEC’s offices there have been burnt multiple times. The latest straw was the assassination of Ahmad Gulak, a former presidential aide in Imo State on Sunday, May 30 with his alleged killers being immediately killed by the police.