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Twitter, Soyinka tells Buhari

Professor Wole Soyinka has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sort out his personal problems with Twitter instead of attempting to drag the nation’s image to the mud.

Soyinka said in an angry retort that the Nigerian President has unwittingly smeared the the reputation of the Nigerian people and their democratic achievements by ordering a halt to the operations of Twitter in the country.

According to the Nobel winner, the action of the administration has come as a great shock.

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, warned that it would take drastic steps if the Federal authorities do not rescind the decision on Twitter.

In what was obviously seen as a sharp reaction to Twitter’s decision, the Federal Government which accused the organization of double standards on Friday retaliated by banning its operations in Nigeria.

“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said.

The Ministry in a tweet posted on its official Twitter handle on Friday evening, accused the American social media company of allowing its platform to be used “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

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The ban comes two days after Twitter deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari considered as offensive by many social media users.

In that tweet on Tuesday, the Nigerian leader said, “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.”

The President’s tweet may have pleased his supporters, especially in Northern Nigeria where people are expressing over the unfortunate murder of Ahmed Gulak, but it was widely viewed as a threat to the Igbo nation whose sons and daughters are clamouring for a country of their own.

Thursday, the Minister of Information provided some insight into the Federal Government’s growing frustration with Twitter

He said that Nigeria had proscribed the activities of IPOB, but observed that Twitter had done nothing to obstruct Nnamdi Kalu’s subversive tweets.

While the PDP rose in condemnation of the Federal Government, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo asked President Buhari to apologize for the statement which is at the centre of growing controversy.