Twitter has deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet which called for violent attacks by the Nigerian State on IPOB for instigating casualties and for citing civil war as a possibility in the country.
The tweet which was made by General Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at a press briefing with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, reads that: “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 statement was supposedly made in response to the ‘Sit-At-Home’ order given by IPOB to the South Eastern Part of the country on 31st May, to celebrate their fallen heroes in the Biafran War which lasted for 3 years.
Naturally, twitter removes a tweet it it violates it’s rules. The violator is required to remove the tweet before they can post again. And subsequent violation may lead to suspension.
According to FIJ, residents in some of the South East states have reported on how young boys were taken from their hostels in the university and labeled IPOB supporters. In another video that went viral, a group of men were led out of church by the military and Nigeria Police, highlighting a major issue that the actions of IPOB could gain more strength with human rights abuses on civilians by government agencies.