Twitter deletes Nnamdi Kanu’s tweets

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ABUJA – One day after the Nigerian government announced a ban on the activities of Twitter, the popular microblogging platform has deleted ‘inciting’ tweets Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group agitating for the of Biafra.

In the controversial tweet, the IPOB leader vowed unleash terror on Nigerian soldiers deployed the -east. He also used derogatory words describe some government .

“It’s not for the living respond the dead but given the lack of reasoning prevalent in the #Zoo Nigeria, wish assure @GarShehu (Garba Shehu) , the Jihadi midget @elrufai (Nasir ) & that lapdog Femi Adesina that any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive,” Mr Kanu wrote via his handle on Wednesday.

Messrs Adesina and Shehu are both presidential aides while Mr is the current Governor of and a member of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC.

The tweet deleted on Saturday with the social platform saying it violates its rules.

The deletion done a day after the federal government suspended the activities of Twitter in Nigeria accusing it of undermining the country’s corporate existence.

Announcing the ban on , Nigeria’s information minister, Lai , ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the of licensing social platforms in Nigeria.

Following the ban, which effected by telecommunication firms based on a directive by the government, Nigerians have been denied access to the microblogging platform and can only access it by bypassing domain restrictions through alternative mediums.

The suspension of Twitter was announced two days after Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial tweet about the civil war which some Nigerians found offensive.

Mr accused the social giant of bias against and deliberately overlooking inciting statements the IPOB leader.

Despite the widespread criticism of the government’s action, the justice minister, Abubakar Malami, said the government would prosecute those using the app against the government’s directive.

But Twitter disclosed on Saturday that it is working to restore access to its platform.

“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.”

“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn”. (Premium Times)