Twitter made the right decision to open its Africa office in Ghana. Imagine how this minor incident with Buhari would have played out if it had made the wrong move to come to Nigeria. By now paid government agents would’ve invaded Twitter office, destroyed properties worth millions of naira. In banning Twitter and its operations in Nigeria, Buhari did not take into consideration how this move will affect a country that is the poverty capital of the world (86.9 million Nigerians are extremely poor). Thousands of businesses have already been affected, contributing to the already deplorable state of the country and the country’s unemployment figures. This will in turn result in more criminal activities in a country that is currently fighting bandits, herdsmen, secessionists and unknown gunmen. A country where the economy has been bastardized that $1 is now N493. Governors, senators, rep members, ordinary Nigerians totally over 200 million cannot access Twitter because of Buhari’s bruised ego. What are the issues? Buhari’s tweet of course was offensive, a threat to the people of the southeast. He should have focused on criminals instead of the peace-loving people of the south. A threat that made a mockery of them, reminded them of the atrocities of the war and defeated the spirit of the so-called oneness which saw the then government declare ‘no victor, no vanquish’. Without mincing words, Buhari’s tweet shows that he’s a poor student of history. The purpose for which ‘no victor, no vanquish’ was declared was to foster peace and harmony, but in his tweet, we see a president taking cup and drinking wine to celebrate the killing of people he said are his brothers. Twitter was right to enforce its rules. Buhari is not the first leader to come under the hammer. It happened to Trump. Trump did not ban Twitter because of that. But because we live in a lawless country where leaders think themselves as gods, due process and rule of law is thrown into the dustbin as if we do not operate a democratic government. Twitter doesn’t go about suspending or deleting tweets. It relies on its users to spot accounts violating its rules. Just the way Nigerians reported Buhari’s genocidal statement that’s how government supporters can do same to accounts they believe violate Twitter rules.
Sat Jun 5 , 2021