Biden asked to halt plane delivery to Nigeria over Buhari’s ‘genocide tweet’, Twitter ban

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United President Joe Biden has been asked to halt the delivery of planes to over the “genocide tweet” of President Muhammadu Buhari, the administration’s ban on Twitter and threat to prosecute Nigerians who flout the ban.

International human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe made the request in a letter to Biden on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Ogebe, Managing Partner of the Washington-based US LAW GROUP, wrote in the letter entitled HALT DELIVERY OF PLANES TO OVER GENOCIDE TWEET:

“Mr President,

“Last week, Twitter deleted a tweet by ’s president Buhari threatening a reprise of that ’s infamous Biafra genocide of the ’60s.

“Mjr Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) responded by banning Twitter in Nigeria & attorney general promised to prosecute millions of Nigerian Twitter users if they continue to use the app.

“We thank the US, UK & other nations who have decried the ban by Buhari as a violation of the human right of free expression.

“However more must be done in view of the underlying threat that Gen. Buhari made against own citizens.

“We urge the United to halt the delivery to Nigeria of TUCANO warplanes scheduled for next month – July!

“Here’s why. Gen. Buhari was an during the ‘60s Biafran genocide that claimed over 1 million lives so threats must be taken lightly given past participation therein.

“Secondly Gen. Buhari as military dictator in the ’80s imprisoned journalists & shut down newspapers in a massive press repression. He has simply graduated from repressing print media to social media in 2021.

“Thirdly Gen. Buhari’s misguided attacks on Twitter happened while his government failed to protect over 200 Nigerians killed in the past two weeks by militia from his Fulani tribe. Reports say over 60 were killed in two parts of Benue State, 93 killed in Kebbi and Kaduna and 58 killed in Niger and . In state the Fulani Militia rampaged for a whole week right next to a military cantonment where Gen. Buhari once served without the army protecting the helpless women & children being slaughtered. Three US affiliated /orphanages had to be evacuated.

“Fourthly Nigeria’s Airforce has experienced three deadly crashes in three months some under suspicious circumstances in addition accidentally bombing innocent citizens. Please don’t deliver more weapons for Buhari to misuse against his .”

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